Rashid Johnson

White People Love Me, 2005
Uncle Tom, 2003

Paul Klein at Art Letter had this to say about artist Rashid Johnson:

Rashid Johnson is talented. He certainly is affable. Unfortunately I see him playing in the shallow end of the pool of issues about race in America…It’s time we grow up. I’m eager to see what Rashid will do when he tires of this successful game of white people liking him.

Aren’t all issues of race deep? This pool metaphor gives me a headache.

I doubt wanting white people to like him is anywhere near Johnson’s thought process when he’s working.



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