Glenn Ligon: Some Changes surveys the breadth of the New York based artists’ oeuvre over the last 17 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.
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.
Warm Broad Glow, 2005. Neon and paint, 60.96 × 482.6 cm.
Hands, 1996. Silkscreen on unstretched canvas.
208.28 × 365.76 cm.
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation
Peter Norton Family Foundation
Albert & Temmy Latner Foundation
Toby Devan Lewis
Hal Jackman Foundation
The Broad Art Foundation
Gregory R. Miller
The Drake Hotel
The Linda Pace Foundation
Dr. Kenneth Montague