SOLD OUT : Glenn Ligon: 2000-2099, 2011


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This limited edition work was produced on the occasion of the 2011 Collectors Committee at LACMA and in conjunction with the artist’s retrospective Glenn Ligon: AMERICA , on view at LACMA from October 23, 2011 through January 22, 2012.

Over the last three decades, Glenn Ligon has produced a substantial body of work engaged, as one critic has succinctly noted, with the “presence of the past in the present.” Ligon draws from the aesthetic language and formalism of minimalism and the textual and philosophical modes of conceptual art, and enriches this all through his formative engagement with the modes of cultural studies and critical theory that have gained prominence since the 1980s.

Although he initially started as an abstract painter influenced by Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning, and Clyfford Still, Ligon’s major breakthrough as an artist came through an embrace of language. Citing various initial influences from Zora Neale Hurston to James Baldwin, Ligon has consistently used text, sourced from literature, in his oeuvre. He likens his appropriative strategies to the translation or adaptation of an original source with an enduring interest in reflecting the “structures and desires” that inform his selection as well as a viewer’s reaction to the text. As critic Malik Gaines notes, Ligon’s text serves as both content and form.

Solo presentations of Ligon’s work include exhibitions at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., Saint Louis Art Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and Dia Center for the Arts in New York. His mid-career retrospective Glenn Ligon: AMERICA has been presented at the Whitney Museum of American Art and will be on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from October 23, 2011–January 22, 2012; it will then travel to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

- 2000–2099, 2011
Epson UltraChrome K3 Print on Museo Max 365 GSM Paper
30 x 22 in. edition of 30, + 5 APs, + 5 PPs
Printed by The Lapis Press

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SKU: AC1001

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