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  • Provenance

    Max Protetch Gallery, New York
    Private Collection
    Sotheby's, New York, 10 May 2012, lot 401
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Artist Bio

    Glenn Ligon

    American • 1960

    Glenn Ligon, who gained prominence in the early 1990s along with a generation of artists including Gary Simmons and Lorna Simpson, is a conceptual artist who throughout his career has pursued an incisive exploration of American history, literature, and society. Together with Thelma Golden, Ligon coined the term “post-blackness”, describing it in the catalogue for the Studio Museum in Harlem’s Freestyle landmark exhibition in 2001 as, “the liberating value in tossing off the immense burden of race-wide representation, the idea that everything they do must speak to or for or about the entire race.” 

    While Ligon’s body of work spans neon, photography, sculptures, print, installation, and video, he is most widely associated with his text-based paintings that draw on the writings and speech of diverse figures such as Jean Genet, Zora Neale Hurston, Gertrude Stein, and Walt Whitman.

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oilstick on paper
137.2 x 40.6 cm (54 x 15 7/8 in.)
Executed in 1992.

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Words are Deeds

London Selling Exhibition 11 July – 25 August 2017