New York-based artist Rashid Johnson, one of contemporary art’s most-watched young stars, has signed with the gallery Hauser & Wirth. His first show with his new representatives will be at its New York branch, on the Upper East Side, in January.
“It’s a perfect fit, and a solid, exciting step,” Mr. Johnson, 33, told Gallerist. Hauser & Wirth also has branches in London and Zurich, and recently signed L.A.-based sculptor Thomas Houseago.
Mr. Johnson, who makes mixed media artworks that deal largely with African American history and identity, had one-person shows in New York at Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn’s Salon 94 in 2010, and at Nicole Klagsbrun in 2008. In Los Angeles, he shows with David Kordansky Gallery.
The artist first caught the art world’s attention back in 2001, when Studio Museum director Thelma Golden included his work in a show called “Freestyle.” He is included in the 54th Venice Biennale, which opened in June and ends next month, and “30 Americans,” a group show of African-American artists on view at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., through Feb. 12, 2012.
Earlier this year, The Observer caught up with Mr. Johnson at his Bushwick studio, where he was making plans for an upcoming exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.