New York - Exhibition

Rashid Johnson: Fly Away

Hauser & Wirth 69th Street

08 Sep 201622 Oct 2016

Beginning 8 September 2016, Hauser & Wirth presents “Fly Away”, an exhibition of new paintings and sculptures by Rashid Johnson, complemented by a monumental installation that engages the gallery’s soaring architecture. Taking its name from the time-honored 1929 hymn “I’ll Fly Away”, a song reinterpreted over decades by scores of artists – from gospel legends of the Dust Bowl era to such contemporary pop performers as Kanye West – the exhibition reveals Johnson pondering themes of history, yearning, and escape while intensifying his longstanding investigation into the relationship between art, society, and personal identity.

On view through 22 October, “Fly Away” will also include performances by New York-based classically trained pianist and music producer Antoine Baldwin, also known as Audio BLK. During the first week of the exhibition, Baldwin will perform on an upright piano situated at the center of Johnson’s massive installation environment. Thereafter, he will periodically enter the gallery unannounced to activate the space anew by playing original jazz compositions.

  • Rashid Johnson, Untitled Escape Collage, 2016Rashid Johnson, Untitled Escape Collage, 2016

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