Glenn Ligon - Contemporary Art Part II New York Thursday, May 12, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    D'Amelio Terras, New York

  • Exhibited

    New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Glenn Ligon: America, March 10 - June 5, 2011, this exhibition later traveled to Los Angeles County Museum of Art, October 23,
    2011 - Janurary 22, 2012 and Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, February - May 2012 (similar example exhibited)

  • Literature

    J. Brest, ed., Glenn Ligon: America, New Haven 2011, p. 43, pl. 97, p. 268 (similar example illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Ligon made great strides in his [artwork] when serving a residency in Germany in 2001 [his first trip to Europe]. His host foundation unwittingly lodged him on Schwarzmannstrasse (Black Man’s Street), a coincidence he captured in a rubbing of the street sign and one that would have reinforced his empathy toward Baldwin’s experience as a black man abroad. When the United States launched its offensive that year in Afghanistan, Ligon remembers being perceived more as an American than as a black man, a distinction with which [James} Baldwin, too, had grappled.

    (J. Brest, ed., Glenn Ligon: America, New Haven, 2011, p. 43)

  • 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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Graphite on paper.

28 5/8 x 40 in. (72.7 x 101.6 cm.)
Signed, inscribed and dated "Glenn Ligon, Munich 2001" on the reverse.

$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $45,000

Contemporary Art Part II

13 May 2011
New York