Glenn Ligon: Some Changes surveys the breadth of the New York based artists’ oeuvre over the last seventeen years. Ligon is at the forefront of a generation of artists who came to prominence in the late eighties on the strength of conceptually based paintings and photo-text work that investigates the social, linguistic and political construction of race, gender and sexuality. Incorporating sources as diverse as James Baldwin’s texts, photographic scrapbooks, and Richard Pryor’s stand-up comic routines, Ligon’s art is a sustained meditation on issues of quotation, the presence of the past in the present, and the representation of the self in relationship to culture and history.
Over the past two decades Ligon’s practice has incorporated painting, installation, printmaking, sculpture, video, and recently, web-based projects. His work has appeared in Documenta XI, Kassel (2002), the XXIV Bienal de Sao Paulo (1998) and the Venice Biennale (1997). His extensive exhibition history also includes solo shows at the Kunstverein Munich (2001), the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2000), and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1996).
Glenn Ligon: Some Changes is organized and circulated by The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, and co-curated by Wayne Baerwaldt and Thelma Golden. The exhibition, which has toured to galleries around the U.S.A., has been met with critical success and Ligon’s 2005 work Warm Broad Glow, was featured on the cover of Artforum‘s May 2006 issue.
With the generous support of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Peter Norton Family Foundation, Albert & Temmy Latner Foundation and Toby Devan Lewis.
Additional support is provided by Hal Jackman Foundation, Judy Schulich, The Broad Art Foundation, Gregory R. Miller, The Drake Hotel, The Linda Pace Foundation and Dr. Kenneth Montague.
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