Glenn Ligon: AMERICA is the first mid-career retrospective of Ligons work in the United States. The exhibition includes unknown early material and the reconstruction of seminal bodies of work such as the Door paintings, the coal dust Stranger canvases and the Coloring series.
Ligon was born in the Bronx in 1960 and continues to live and work in New York. He has pursued an incisive exploration of American history, literature, and society across a body of work that builds on the legacies of modern painting and more recent conceptual art, working in a variety of media, including painting, neon, installation, video and print. In the late 80s and early 90s, Ligon became known for work that explores race, sexuality, representation and language. Ligons Notes on the Margin of the Black Book addressed his complicated relationship as a black gay man to the work of Robert Mapplethorpe and shortly thereafter he created the iconic black and white text-based paintings that referenced the writings of noted African American authors James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison and Zora Neale Hurston.
Glenn Ligon: AMERICA was organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
The Los Angeles presentation was made possible in part by The Maurice Marciano Family Foundation, Peter Morton, and the Steven F. Roth Family Foundation.