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  • Provenance

    Courtesy of the Artist, Thomas Dane Gallery, London and Naples, Luhring Augustine, New York, and Regen Projects, Los Angeles

  • Catalogue Essay

    Glenn Ligon lives and works in New York. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University in 1982 and attended the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in 1985. Ligon has a wide-ranging multimedia art practice that encompasses painting, neon, photography, sculpture, print, installation, and video. Perhaps best known for his monochromatic and highly textured text paintings that draw their content from American history, popular culture, and literary works by writers such as James Baldwin, Mary Shelley and Walt Whitman, his work explores issues of history, language, and cultural identity.

  • Artist Biography

    Glenn Ligon

    American • 1960

    Glenn Ligon gained prominence in the early 1990s as a pioneering artist whose incisive work exploring of the contemporary American experience utilized the methods and legacies of modern painting and conceptual art. Embracing an intertextual approach, Ligon incorporates works from the arts, literature, history, and his own life to investigate American society and its inequities. Though he began his career as an abstract painter, he began incorporating text into his work in the mid-1980s to better articulate his political concerns and his ideas about racial identity and experience. He samples writing from famed Black writers including James Baldwin, Zora Neale Hurston, and Ralph Ellison, among other authors. 

    Ligon’s body of work includes painting, photography, sculpture, installation, video, and neon art, but he is most widely associated with his text-based paintings. He is also notable for conceptualizing the term “Post-Blackness,” with Thelma Golden, describing it as “the liberating value in tossing off the immense burden of race-wide representation, the idea that everything they do must speak too for or about the entire race.” His work is held in notable museum collections around the world.

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No Room (Gold) #56

signed, titled and dated "Glenn Ligon No Room (Gold) #56 2007" on the overlap
oilstick and acrylic on canvas
32 x 32 in. (81.3 x 81.3 cm.)
Executed in 2007.

Estimate
$200,000 - 250,000 

Sold for $220,000

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Art for One Drop

New York Charity Auction 21 September 2018