Rashaad Newsome’s work comprises a visual vocabulary that combines high neo-Baroque style with low pop-advertising imagery in obsessively-handmade collages. His richly detailed compositions form a kind of Rosetta stone for the 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 meticulously affixes in richly layered compositions with patterned backgrounds and a distinctive use of central space with crests and shields built from unexpected details.
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.