Employing the artist’s renowned semiotic based conceptualism, Glenn Ligon’s “Study for Negro Sunshine II #15” challenges the value of language and it’s associated meaning in society. Here, the barely-decipherable black letters call into question the difficulties of translation across various cultures. As Ligon states, “given the cultural context the literature and photos I am using comes out of, the demands on those texts and images, I am interested in when they fail to communicate, the space that is opened up by not communicating.”

Glenn Ligon was represented in the 56th Venice Biennale (2015).

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Thomas Dane Gallery, London
Christie's, London, "Gordon Watson: The Collector," 13 October 2016
Acquired from above by present owner

No apparent condition issues.
Frame: 14 x 11 x 1 in (35.56 x 27.94 x 2.54 cm)

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Glenn Ligon (American, b. 1960) is a conceptual artist presently living and working in New York City. Ligon’s work is noted for his treatment of race, sexuality and language as interconnected systems to describe a nuanced vision of contemporary social issues. Marked by a monochromatic palette and the inclusion of literary fragments, Ligon’s work plays on the intertextuality of visual art practices and art historical contexts. His screen print paintings, for which he is widely known, describe the phenomenal nature of language and the meaningless derived from even the most thoughtful text after countless repetition. Ligon works in multiple media, including painting, neon, video, photography, and digital media such as Adobe Flash for his work Annotations. He has been exhibited internationally.

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Study for Negro Sunshine II #15, 2010
Lot Number 1
Oil stick and gesso on paper
10 x 8 in (25.4 x 20.32 cm)
Titled on verso; gallery label affixed to verso

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Glenn Ligon
Study for Negro Sunshine II #15
  • Dimensions
    10 x 8 in (25.4 x 20.32 cm)