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Anxious Red Drawings: Rashid Johnson

Hauser & Wirth / Online / Art

“These drawings come from the body of work that I made a few years ago called ‘Anxious Men,’” says the artist Rashid Johnson, “and it’s just an expansion in some ways on that. And this is an incredibly anxious time. But it’s also a time that feels really radical. As if there’s a real urgency in it. And nothing feels more urgent than a red.” Johnson’s drawings, oilstick on cotton rag paper, make these feelings tangible. Square-headed, eyes frightened, mouths masked, these anxious faces are quickly drawn, but with a firm hand—strokes weighted with where we are today. —E.C.

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