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Contemporary Art Day Auction


Rashid Johnson
B. 1977
signed on the reverse
black soap, wax and spray enamel on branded wood, in artist's frame
184 by 124 cm. 72 1/2 by 48 7/8 in.
Executed in 2013.
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Courtesy of the artist and Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago/New York

Catalogue Note

For 40 years, Human Rights Watch has defended the rights of people around the world. Serving as sentinels for abuses in some 100 countries, we investigate human rights abuses, exposing them to public condemnation and pressing those in power for change. We believe in the catalytic power of art. For example, last year Human Rights Watch provided a digital platform for Latin American artists and influencers who use their talent and reach to spotlight the unraveling political, social, and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. This emergency has forced millions of Venezuelans to flee the country, many on foot with suitcases in tow, in search of food and medicine. Together with singer Ricardo Montaner and violinist Wuilly Arteaga, Human Rights Watch has galvanised public activism and pressured world leaders to act to end the human rights crisis in Venezuela.

For the present selection of works, Human Rights Watch is especially grateful to Paul and De Gray for their leadership, creativity, and tenacity. A special thanks also to Amy Rao, Siri Stolt-Nielsen, Kimberly Marteau Emerson, Rashid Johnson, Jaume Plensa, Jonas Burgert and others who have lent their support to our cause.

Kenneth Roth

Executive Director

Contemporary Art Day Auction