Silver Came and Went #1

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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 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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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.

$120,000 - 180,000 

sold for $162,500

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale Afternoon Session

New York Auction 13 November 2019