Rashaad Newsome’s works dismantles power structures one shiny block at a time. Using the equalizing force of sampling, he crafts compositions that frequently surprise in their associative potential and walk the tightrope between identity politics and abstraction. Rashaad Newsome was born in New Orleans, Louisiana where he received a B.A. in Art History at Tulane University before studying Film at Film Video Arts in New York City. Newsome has exhibited nationally and internationally at such creditable institutions and galleries as: The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; PS1MoMA, New York, NY; Glassbox Gallery, Paris, France and ar/ge Kunst Galerie Museum, Bolzano, Italy. Recent awards include: 2010 The Urban Artist Initiative individual Artist Grant, UAI, New York, NY; 2009 Rema Hort Mann Foundation, Visual Arts Grant, New York, NY and 2009 BAC Community Arts Regrant, New York, NY.