Glenn Ligon - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Wednesday, June 29, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Description

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  • Provenance

    Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York
    Private Collection, New York

  • Exhibited

    London, Thomas Dane Gallery, Glenn Ligon: 'Nobody' and Other Songs, 15 January - 7 March 2009 (another example exhibited)
    New York, Studio Museum Harlem, 30 Seconds Off an Inch, 12 November 2009 - 14 March 2010 (another example exhibited)
    Nottingham Contemporary, Jean Genet: Act 1 & Act 2, 16 July - 2 October 2011 (another example exhibited)

  • 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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neon and paint, in 2 parts
7 x 141.6 cm (2 3/4 x 55 3/4 in.)
Executed in 2009, this work is number 3 from an edition of 5, plus 1 artist's proof.

£90,000 - 120,000 

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 29 June 2022