Provocations: Rashid Johnson
Installations are one of my favorite art expressions. Monuments by Rashid Johnson is probably one of the absolute best I have ever seen. He’s known for his incorporation of and emphasis on African-American history and culture, hence the reason the shelves of this grid feature stacks of books by African-American authors, sculptures made of shea butter, and numerous tropical plants ascending toward the ceiling of the gallery. This installation is being shown at the Institute for Contemporary Art (Richmond, Virginia) through July 14, 2019 as a part of the series Provocations. The series is an invitation for artists to engage, and I absolutely think Rashid Johnson accomplished that. Focused on creating work that acknowledges his southern roots and identity as an artist, Johnson has given his audience an invitation to consume botanical allure as a visual symbol of his legacy as a multifaceted human being.