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MTV’s Art Breaks, curated by MoMA PS1 and Creative Time, is a video series featuring ascendant visual artists. The program updates MTV’s legacy of working with vanguard visionaries like Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Doug Aitken. The first five videos in the new series come from Mickalene Thomas, Rashaad Newsome, Tala Madani, Mads Lynnerup and Jani Ruscica. Our most recent artists include Guido van der Werve, Andrew Kuo, Cody Critcheloe, Divya Mehra and Sema Bekirovic.
Artist Bio: Rashaad Newsome (b. 1979, New Orleans, LA)
Rashaad Newsome works in performance, photography, collage, video, sculpture and sound, developing mixed-media works that examine the intersection of pop and subculture forms. For Art Breaks, Newsome presents a new work in his ongoing SWAG the Mix Tape project, inspired by his interest in the language of Heraldry and the history of the mix tape from the early days of hip hop. Newsome received a B.A. in Art History at Tulane University before studying Film at Film Video Arts NYC as well as music production and programming at Harvestworks NYC. He has exhibited nationally and internationally at such institutions and Galleries as The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; MoMA PS1, New York, NY; The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY; Brooklyn Museum, New York, New York; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; The Kitchen, New York; and Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Russia. Upcoming projects include: FIVE 2012 (Hong Kong), Hong Kong International Art Fair, 5.18.12; SWAG THE MIX TAPE Vol. 2, 7.4.2012; Shade Compositions (SFMOMA), SFMOMA, 11.4.2012 and FIVE 2012 (The Drawing Center), The Drawing Center NY.
Rashaad Newsome lives and works in New York, NY.
Articles And Links:
New York Times: Rashaad Newsome Blending Hip Hop And Heraldry
The Creators Project: Rashaad Newsome
ArtnetTV: Rashaad Newsome
Arcade44: Five // Rashaad Newsome
AMMO Mag: Artist Profile
TMagazine: The Nifty 50
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