Rashaad Newsome

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Part one of our Miami Art Week guide introduced the 20 or so art fairs pitching tents, occupying hotels, and renting out convention centers this week. Part two celebrates the Miami stalwarts, its permanent residents—museums, art spaces, and galleries—as well as some of the week's non-art fair exhibitions and pop-ups. Most of these spaces program exhibitions year round and represent the true depth of Miami as an art world epicenter. Here’s what’s on tap. Overwhelmed by the week's excesses?... [more]
 Rashaad Newsome’s heart pulses to the beat of hip hop. But how can one replace chamber music with old school black vernacular? New York-based Newsome, who is originally from New Orleans, travels the world finding the attitude-drenched insider lingo of each city, weaving it into his compositions for an unforgettable performance piece called Shade Compositions. Newsome came into the spotlight in 2010 in collaboration with Alexander Wang at MoMA PS1 and is known for using the language of power... [more]
I Dub Thee…Swaggerlicious   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Rashaad Newsome at Marlborough Chelsea October 20th, 2011 - December 3rd, 2011
Posted 10/30/11
In any form of combat, it is important to know who your enemies are. Armies often define themselves based on their customs, manners, and rituals so that no one would ever be in doubt about which army it was they had just encountered. The fine art of heraldry – a kind of ancient and old school swagger – grew out of this necessity for bravado, presence, and visual identification. Participants in combat shielded their faces behind iron or steel, and heralds began creating elaborate coats of arms... [more]
Rashaad Newsome's Dance Moves   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Rashaad Newsome at Location One June 19th, 2008 - July 26th, 2008
Posted 7/20/08
    Rashaad Newsome’s videos are born of his choreography and pioneering use of technology to explore ethnically distinctive gestures, studying them as art as well as presenting them artfully. For the initial live performance at Location One he used a hacked Nintendo Wii game controller to choreograph four black women while simultaneously remixing a video. The resulting composite work, features a sassy repertoire of gesticulations considered “ghetto”: like... [more]
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