Rashaad Newsome, Through the Looking Glass, 2017, collage in custom mahogany and resin artist frame with leather and automotive paint, 65 1/8 x 65 1/8 x 5 1/4 inches
Rashaad Newsome, Look Back at It, 2016, multimedia collage in artist frame, mahogany wood, resin, leather, Swarovski crystals, and custom automotive paint, 80 3/8 x 78 3/4 x 10 inches
Rashaad Newsome (b. 1979, New Orleans, Louisiana) pulls from the worlds of advertising, the Internet, Black and Queer culture to produce counter-hegemonic works that use the diasporic traditions of improvisation and collage, to craft compositions that walk the tightrope between intersectionality, social practice, and abstraction. The West Coast debut of Newsome’s To Be Real is currently on view at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture through February 23. To Be Real is an exhibition environment of collage, sculpture and the interactive A.I. Being. The exhibition presents a series of neo-Cubist portraits in expressive frames, threading an ornamental glamour through figures reflecting on human agency, Blackness, and the radical futurity of emerging identities. Recently, Newsome has exhibited at the Museum of the African Diaspora in a solo exhibition titled STOP PLAYING IN MY FACE! and ICON.
He has exhibited and performed in galleries, museums, institutions, and festivals throughout the world including: The Studio Museum in Harlem (NYC), The National Museum of African American History and Culture (DC), The Whitney Museum (NYC), Brooklyn Museum (NYC), MoMAPS1 (NYC), SFMOMA (CA), New Orleans Museum of Art (LA), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), The Garage Center for Contemporary Culture (Moscow), and MUSA (Vienna). Newsome’s work is in numerous public collections including the Studio Museum in Harlem, Whitney Museum of American Art (NYC), The Brooklyn Museum of Art (NYC), The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, McNay Art Museum (TX), The Chazen Museum of Art (WI), The New Britain Museum of American Art (CT), and The National Museum of African American History and Culture (DC). In 2010 he participated in the Whitney Biennial (NYC), and in 2011 Greater New York at MoMAPS1 (NYC). He received a BFA in Art History at Tulane University in 2001. In 2004, he received a certificate of study in Digital Post Production from Film/Video Arts Inc. (NYC). In 2005 he studied MAX/MSP Programming at Harvestworks Digital Media Art Center (NYC).