This major exhibition of the work of American artist Glenn Ligon (b. 1960) surveys the breadth of the artist’s oeuvre over the past 17 years and includes more than 50 paintings, sculptures, prints, videos and installation works. By appropriating a wide range of material — from literary texts, to nineteenth century slave narratives, to Malcolm X, to the jokes of comedian Richard Pryor— Ligon explores how his own identity is shaped by the social and political narratives of American culture, past and present. Ligon is at the forefront of his generation of artists who came to prominence in the late 1980s on the strength of conceptually-based paintings and photo-text work that explores the social, linguistic and political construction of race, gender and sexuality.
Ligon’s work has appeared in Documenta XI, Kassel (2002); the XXIV Bienal de Sao Paulo (1998) and the Venice Biennale (1997); his extensive exhibition history also includes solo shows at Kunstverein Munich (2001); the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2000); the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1996); and the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C. (1993). His work has been included in important group exhibitions such as Singular Forms (Sometimes Repeated), Guggenheim Museum, New York (2004); The American Century: Art and Culture 1900-2000, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and Black Male: Representations of Masculinity in Contemporary American Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1994).
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