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Glenn Ligon: America (Whitney Museum of American Art) [Hardcover]

Scott Rothkopf

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1 Mar 2011 Whitney Museum of American Art
American artist Glenn Ligon (b. 1960) is best known for his landmark body of text-based paintings, made since the late 1980s, which appropriate the writings of African-American authors such as James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison, and Zora Neale Hurston. In subsequent bodies of work, Ligon has dealt with a wide range of material, including images and slogans related to early civil rights demonstrations and the Million Man March, as well as runaway slave notices, Richard Pryor jokes, and 1970s colouring books targeted at African-American children. "Glenn Ligon: America", created in close collaboration with the artist, is the first in-depth presentation of his art, including paintings, photography, sculptural installations, prints, and drawings. Essays by high-profile contributors explore Ligon's working methods and related topics such as literature and democracy, slave narratives, music, comedy, race and sexuality, all of which situate the artist within a broader cultural context and greatly advance the understanding and renown of this pioneering American artist.

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"An impressive chronicle of Ligon's evolution as an artist."--Pete L'Official, "Los Angeles Review of Books"--Pete L'Official "Los Angeles Review of Books "

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Scott Rothkopf is Curator and Adam D. Weinberg is Alice Pratt Brown Director, both at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Hilton Als is a staff writer for the New Yorker. Okwui Enwezor was Dean of the San Francisco Art Institute. Thelma Golden is Director of the Studio Museum in Harlem. Saidiya Hartman is a professor at Columbia University. Bennett Simpson is Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Franklin Sirmans is Curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Good art presented excellent 25 May 2011
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Glenn Ligon is one of the most interesting and important African American arist. This book is an extremely beautiful an convincing proof of that.
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