Glenn Ligon, ‘Prologue Series #1 (Text from Ralph Ellison)’, 1991, Painting, Oil on Canvas triptych, Joyce Varvatos
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Prologue Series #1 (Text from Ralph Ellison), 1991

Oil on Canvas triptych
19 1/8 × 40 in
48.6 × 101.6 cm
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New York, Southampton
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Glenn Ligon
American, b. 1960
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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.

Glenn Ligon, ‘Prologue Series #1 (Text from Ralph Ellison)’, 1991, Painting, Oil on Canvas triptych, Joyce Varvatos
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American, b. 1960
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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.

Glenn Ligon

Prologue Series #1 (Text from Ralph Ellison), 1991

Oil on Canvas triptych
19 1/8 × 40 in
48.6 × 101.6 cm
.
Contact For Price
Location
New York, Southampton
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