Rashid Johnson Wins High Museum of Art’s Driskell Prize

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Mr. Johnson. (Courtesy PMC)

Atlanta’s High Museum of Art has awarded artist Rashid Johnson with its 2012 David C. Driskell Prize, which is presented annually to an artist “in the beginning or middle of his or her career whose work makes an original and important contribution to the field of African American art or art history.” Mr. Johnson will receive a $25,000 prize.

In other news involving Mr. Johnson, his latest New York exhibition, “Rumble,” closes at the Upper East Side branch of the multinational Hauser & Wirth gallery this weekend, and he is in the running for the Guggenheim’s Hugo Boss Prize.

Michael H. Miller profiled the artist last year in the pages of The Observer, and at Art Basel Miami Beach, Gallerist saw him win the first painting ever made by Queensbridge rapper Nas in a mid-concert auction.