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Buzz building for artist Rashid Johnson with Chicago solo show

Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:16:00 CDT
By: AP

Chicago native Rashid Johnson has opened his first major solo museum exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Over the last year the 34-year-old artist has garnered high-profile attention and awards from the art world. Johnson is a nominee for the Guggenheim Museum's Hugo Boss Prize and won the High Museum's David C. Driskell prize for African-American art and scholarship. Museum of Contemporary Art curator Julie Rodrigues Widholm says many ``eyes are on him right now.'' His latest show is called ``Rashid Johnson: Message to Our Folks.'' The Chicago exhibition spans Johnson's body of work, emphasizing the last five years. It runs through Aug. 5 before traveling to the Miami Art Museum, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and the Kemper Art Museum in St. Louis.

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