Glenn Ligon - Evening & Day Editions New York Sunday, April 28, 2013 | Phillips

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  • Exhibited

    New York, Studio Museum in Harlem, Red Black and Green: Loans to and Selections from the Studio Museum Collection, August-September 2001 (another example exhibited).
    Toronto, Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery; Houston, Contemporary Arts Museum; Pittsburgh, Andy Warhol Museum; Columbus, Wexner Center for the Arts and Luxembourg, Mudam-Museè d'art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Glenn Ligon -- Some Changes, June 2005-December 2007, pp. 115, 117 and 133, no. 25 (illustrated in color, another example exhibited).
    Warsaw, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Black Alphabet: Contexts of Contemporary African American Art, September-November 2006, pp. 89 and 206 (illustrated in color)

  • Literature

    H. Cotter, Invoking Marcus Garvey While Looking Ahead, New York Times, 24 August 2001
    M. Berger, Patrons of Progress: The New School University Art Collection, New York, 2002, p. 9, fig. 4 (illustrated)
    M. Tung, Ligon's 'Changes' Confronts Political, Social, Personal Conflicts, Rice Thresher, 20 January 2006
    R. Meyer, Light it Up, or How Glenn Ligon Got Over, Artforum, vol. 44, no. 9, May 2006, pp. 243-244 (illustrated in color)

  • 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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Condition Report (diptych)

The complete set of two iris prints with screenprint ink in two parts, on wove paper, with full margins
one I. 25 x 15 1/2 in (63.5 x 39.4 cm)
S. 23 x 32 in (58.4 x 81.3 cm)

both signed, titled, dated `2000', inscribed `L' or `R' and numbered 'P.P. 2/2 R' in pencil on the reverse (printer's proofs, the edition was 20 and 1 artist proof), published by Jenkins Sikkema Editions, New York, both in very good condition, both unframed.

$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $35,000

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Evening & Day Editions

New York 29 April 2013 10am & 6pm