Glenn Ligon, ‘Untitled (I remember the very day)’, 1991, Phillips

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Signature: signed and dated 'LIGON '91' lower left

Jack Tilton Gallery, New York
Private Collection (acquired from the above in 1991)
Sotheby's, New York, 15 November 2000, lot 74
D'Amelio Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2001

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