Glenn Ligon (b. 1960) is an artist living and working in New York. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University and attended the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. In 2011 the Whitney Museum of American Art held a mid-career retrospective of Ligon’s work, Glenn Ligon: America, organized by Scott Rothkopf, that traveled nationally. Important recent shows include: Grief and Grievance (2021) at the New Museum, for which Ligon acted as a curatorial advisor; Des Parisiens Noirs (2019) at the Musées d'Orsay, Paris; Blue Black (2017) an exhibition Ligon curated at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation in St. Louis; and Glenn Ligon: Encounters and Collisions (2015), a curatorial project organized with Nottingham Contemporary and Tate Liverpool. Ligon has had solo museum exhibitions at the Camden Arts Centre in London, the Power Plant in Toronto, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the Studio Museum in Harlem, among others. His work has been included in major international exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale (2015 and 1997), Berlin Biennal (2014), Istanbul Biennal (2011, 2019), Documenta XI (2002), and Gwangju Biennale (2000).
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Glenn Ligon, A Small Band, 2015, Neon, paint, and metal support, 3 components: "blues" 74.75 x 231 inches; "blood" 74.75 x 231.5 inches; "bruise" 74.75 x 264.75 inches; approx. 74.75 x 797.5 inches (189.9 x 2025.7 cm) ; Collection of Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Photographer Credit: Roberto Marossi © Glenn Ligon; Courtesy of the artist, Hauser & Wirth, New York, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, Thomas Dane Gallery, London, and Chantal Crousel, Paris.