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Glenn Ligon

b. 1960

3 WORKS ONLINE OF 23 WORKS IN THE MUSEUM COLLECTION
Glenn Ligon, Untitled (I Do Not Always Feel Colored), 1990. Oil stick and gesso on panel, 80 × 30 1/16 × 1 1/2 in. (203.2 × 76.4 × 3.8 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of The Bohen Foundation in honor of Thomas N. Armstrong III  2001.275
Courtesy of the Artist and Regen Projects, Los Angeles
Glenn Ligon makes art that investigates questions of personal identity as well as issues in history and contemporary life. Ligon reads a lot and he is inspired by words and phrases that he finds in books and other texts. He often borrows words from these texts to use in his artwork. For Untitled (I Do Not Always Feel Colored) (1990), he borrowed the words from an essay by Zora Neale Hurston. Ligon has explored a wide range of subjects, including images related to slavery, early civil rights demonstrations, and more recent events such as the Million Man March, and even the jokes of comedian Richard Pryor.

experimenting with words

After experimenting with different ways to include words in his paintings, Ligon realized that he did not always want the words to be legible. This idea of not being able to read the words became part of the work.

About the artist
Glenn Ligon, Self-Portrait at Eleven Years Old, 2004  2005.11
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inspiration

“I want to make language into a physical thing, something that has real weight and force to it."

—Glenn Ligon

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