The Directors of Marlborough Gallery are pleased to announce the opening of Rashaad Newsome’s first solo exhibition with the gallery on Thursday, October 20th, 2011 at its Chelsea location, 545 West 25th Street. A multi-media artist, Newsome will present his dramatic and opulent new collages, sculpture, video and installations on both floors of Marlborough Chelsea. The exhibition continues through December 3, 2011.
Rashaad Newsome’s obsessively-handmade collages in customized antique frames comprise a visual vocabulary that combines high neo-Baroque style with low pop-advertising imagery. His richly-detailed compositions form a kind of Rosetta stone for hip-hop culture. Newsome culls familiar images of luxury goods from glossy consumer magazines: sports gear, jewel-encrusted brooches, rings, watches, furs and yachts, which he then uses to create contemporary coats of arms set against meticulously-patterned backgrounds.
Also on view will be Newsome’s video installation, Herald, 2011, filmed in New York’s Old St. Patrick’s Basilica. The video dramatically chronicles the artist’s ceremonial coronation as a herald, a chapter in a fictional quest that runs through Newsome’s performance work. Shot in black and white, the action plays out against an original score composed by the artist. Swag, 2011, a mix tape of five tracks on which Newsome collaborated with virtuoso musicians including Laurie Anderson, Stefanos Koroneos, and Maluca Mala, will be synched with a series of high definition animated videos.
On November 2, in conjunction with Performa 11, the artist will debut a new performance in the gallery entitled Tournament, in which he will host a freestyle rap battle between ten emerging New York-based emcees to be judged by five cultural impresarios.
Newsome was born in New Orleans in 1979 and currently lives and works in New York. The artist’s first solo museum exhibition, Matrix 161: Rashaad Newsome, was held at The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, CT in early 2011. His work was also recently exhibited in the 2010 Whitney Biennial at The Whitney Museum of American Art, Greater New York 2010 at MoMA PS1 and Dance/Draw at the ICA Boston. Forthcoming projects and performances will include Hair Affair at the Miami Art Museum’s “Party in the Plaza” on December 1st, 2011, Shade Compositions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in April 2012 and SEVEN, a solo exhibition and performance at The Drawing Center, New York, NY, in November 2012.