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  • Provenance

    Thomas Dane Gallery, London
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    London, Thomas Dane Gallery, Glenn Ligon: Brilliant Corners, October 10 - November 18, 2006

  • Catalogue Essay

    “I’m interested in what happens when a text is difficult to read or frustrates legibility—what that says about our ability to think about each other, know each other, process each other.” Glenn Ligon

  • 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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Silver Came and Went #1

signed, titled and dated "Glenn Ligon Silver Came and Went #1 2006" on the upper turnover edge
oil and acrylic on canvas
32 x 32 in. (81.3 x 81.3 cm.)
Painted in 2006.

Estimate
$120,000 - 180,000 

Sold for $162,500

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Rebekah Bowling
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20th C. & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session

New York Auction 13 November 2019