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  • Provenance

    Regen Projects, Los Angeles
    Private Collection, New York
    Phillips, London, 28 June 2011, lot 116
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • 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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Negro Sunshine #54

signed, titled and dated ‘Negro Sunshine #54 2010 Glenn Ligon’ on the reverse
oilstick, coal dust and gesso on paper
30.5 x 23 cm (12 x 9 in.)
Executed in 2010.

Estimate
£20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for £40,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 28 June 2019