By Scott Rothkopf, with forward by Adam D. Weinberg, and essays by Franklin Sirmans, Hilton Als, Saidiya Hartman, Okwui Enwezor
American artist Glenn Ligon (b. 1960), best known for his landmark body of text-based paintings, made since the late 1980s, which draw on the writings and speech of diverse figures including Jean Genet, Zora Neale Hurston, Jesse Jackson, and Richard Pryor. Throughout his career, Ligon has pursued an incisive exploration of American history, literature, and society across a body of work that builds critically on the legacies of modern painting and more recent conceptual art. His subject matter ranges widely from the Million Man March and the aftermath of slavery to 1970s coloring books and the photography of Robert Mapplethorpe—all treated within artworks that are both politically provocative and beautiful to behold. 304 pages. Hardcover. Whitney Museum of American Art, 2011.
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