Glenn Ligon, ‘Malcolm X #1 (small version #2) ’, 2003, Tate Liverpool

Courtesy Rodney M Miller Collection

About Glenn Ligon

Born and raised in the Bronx, Glenn Ligon grew up taking art classes at the Metropolitan Museum of Art while learning about identity politics through the racism and discrimination toward homosexuality that he encountered in New York. He combines this formal art education and complex personal history to create emotionally charged works that convey challenging messages. In his 1993 Whitney Biennial contribution, Notes on the Margin of the Black Book (1991–93), for example, Ligon paired images and text to satirically comment on literary and visual representations of the black male body. Whether constructed from neon lights, coal dust, glitter, paint, or photographs, Ligon’s work fluctuates between humor and startling honesty, reminding viewers that intolerance remains ubiquitous.

American, b. 1960, Bronx, New York, based in New York, New York

Group Shows on Artsy

Vivian Horan Fine Art Launches on Artsy, Vivian Horan Fine Art, Online
East Building Permanent Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Washington
Blackness in Abstraction, Pace Gallery, New York
Glenn Ligon: Encounters and Collisions, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool
America is Hard to See, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
History, Bill Hodges Gallery