Presented by Friends of the High Line, High Line Art announces that acclaimed artist Rashid Johnson is presenting his first public commission in New York City, a new site-specific work installed among the vegetation of the High Line at Little West 12th Street. On view this spring, the sculpture transforms as it interacts with the surrounding plant life over the course of its almost year-long residency in the park. Titled Blocks, the work is on view from May 2015 to March 2016. Inspired by a childhood steeped in African American cultural influences, Rashid Johnson creates layered artworks that engage a conversation between personal biography and the implied gravitas of larger cultural and historical narratives. Johnson works predominantly in mixed media sculptures and paintings, combining bare materials such as mirror, wood, and shea butter with loaded iconic objects

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