Glenn Ligon born 1960

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Glenn Ligon - Silver More Bitch Than Me #1
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Post-War & Contemporary Art Day Sale
November 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: 100.000 - 150.000 USD
Realised: 126.000 USD
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Glenn Ligon - Stranger Drawing #4
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Post-War & Contemporary Art Day Sale
November 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: 300.000 - 500.000 USD
Realised: 240.000 USD
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Glenn Ligon - Narratives
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Editions & Works on Paper
October 2022
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 12.000 - 18.000 USD
Realised: 40.320 USD
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Glenn Ligon - Figure #28a
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Post-War to Present
September 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: 300.000 - 500.000 USD
Realised: 352.800 USD
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Glenn Ligon - Excerpt
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale
June 2022
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 90.000 - 120.000 GBP
Realised: not available
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Glenn Ligon - Photo Pocket
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Contemporary Discoveries
May 2022
Sothebys, London
Est.: 20.000 - 30.000 GBP
Realised: not available
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Glenn Ligon - Stranger #57
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21st Century Evening Sale
May 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: 600.000 - 800.000 USD
Realised: 1.560.000 USD
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Glenn Ligon - No Room (Gold) #47
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Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale
May 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: 100.000 - 150.000 USD
Realised: 176.400 USD
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Glenn Ligon - Detail
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Editions & Works on Paper
April 2022
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 2.000 - 3.000 USD
Realised: 2.394 USD
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Glenn Ligon - Figure #28b
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Post-War to Present
March 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: 300.000 - 500.000 USD
Realised: 252.000 USD
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Glenn Ligon - Silver the Future #3
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Contemporary Day Auction
November 2021
Sothebys, New York
Est.: 120.000 - 180.000 USD
Realised: 126.000 USD
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Glenn Ligon - Stranger Study #31
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Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale
November 2021
Christies, New York
Est.: 300.000 - 500.000 USD
Realised: 562.500 USD
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The artist Glenn Ligon

  • US-American conceptual artist who is mainly known for processing text fragments.
  • His works address racial and intersectional discrimination.
  • His Black Like Me No. 2 (1992) adorned the private living quarters of US President Obama.

Glenn Ligon, born 1960 in New York, is a US conceptual artist. His work includes sculpture, prints, drawings, photography, installations, neon signs, film and paintings.  Ligon's most haunting technique is the manual stencilling of text fragments. He uses excerpts from literary works as well as jokes and quotations from important authors who deal with vital questions of African-American people and who often refer to prominent Black people.

The lettering is often not clearly legible, but overlaps or fades - with this playfulness, Ligon challenges the viewer to take a close look at the content and to recognise hidden ambiguity. One of his most famous installations was on view at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D. C. in 1994. To Disembark consists of nine boxes that Ligon scattered around the exhibition space.

They tell the story of ex-slave Henry »Box« Brown, who literally sent himself from Virginia to freedom in Philadelphia via a box. Homosexuality also plays a central role in Ligon's art from an intersectional perspective, for example in Notes on the Margin of the Black Book (1991-1993). Glenn Ligon was born in 1960 in the Forest Houses Projects in the South Bronx in New York. He received a scholarship so that he could attend a public school in Manhattan.

He later studied at Wesleyan University in Middletown, graduating with a bachelor's degree in 1982. In 1985, he participated in the Whitney Museum of American Art's independent study programme. Ligon was represented at the Venice Biennale in 1997, documenta 11 in 2002 and the Berlin Biennale in 2014. In 2009, at his own request, US President Obama received Ligon's Black Like Me No. 2 (1992) on loan from the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden for his private living quarters in the White House.

Der Künstler Glenn Ligon

  • US-amerikanischer Konzeptkünstler, der für die Verarbeitung von Textfragmenten bekannt ist.
  • Seine Werke thematisieren rassistische und intersektionale Benachteiligung.
  • Sein Black Like Me No. 2 (1992) zierte die privaten Wohnräume von US-Präsident Obama.

Glenn Ligon, geb. 1960 in New York, ist ein US-amerikanischer Konzeptkünstler. Seine Arbeit umfasst Skulpturen, Drucke, Zeichnungen, Fotografie, Installationen, Leuchtreklamen, Film und Malerei. Ligons eindringlichste Technik ist das manuelle Schablonieren von Textfragmenten. Dazu verwendet er Auszüge aus literarischen Werken sowie Witze und Zitate bedeutender Autoren, die sich mit Lebensfragen afro-amerikanischer Menschen beschäftigen und die oft auf prominente Schwarze Menschen referieren.

Wiederholt setzt er diese Lebensweisen auch in einen geschichtlichen Bezug oder zeichnet Biografien aus der Zeit der rassistischen Segregation und der Sklaverei nach. Die Schriftzüge sind oft nicht deutlich lesbar, sondern überlappen sich oder verblassen – mit dieser Spielart fordert Ligon die Betrachtenden auf, sich eingehend mit den Inhalten zu befassen und versteckte Ambiguität zu erkennen. Beispiele sind etwa seine Prologserie Nr. 2 (1991) und seine Prologserie Nr. 5 (1991). Eine seiner bekanntesten Installationen war 1994 im Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D. C. zu sehen.

To Disembark besteht aus neun Kisten, die Ligon im Ausstellungsraum verteilte. Sie erzählen die Geschichte des Ex-Sklavens Henry »Box« Brown, der sich buchstäblich über eine Kiste von Virginia in die Freiheit nach Philadelphia schickte. Daneben spielt auch Homosexualität aus intersektionaler Sicht in Ligons Kunst eine zentrale Rolle, bspw. Notes on the Margin of the Black Book (1991-1993). Glenn Ligon wurde 1960 in den Forest Houses Projects in der South Bronx in New York geboren. Er erhielt ein Stipendium, sodass er eine Privatschule in Manhattan besuchen konnte. Später studierte er an der Wesleyan University in Middletown und schloss 1982 mit einem Bachelor ab.

1985 nahm er am unabhängigen Studienprogramm des Whitney Museum of American Art teil. 2005 gewann Ligon für ein Stipendium der Alphonse Fletcher Foundation. 2006 wurde er mit der Skowhegan-Medaille für Malerei ausgezeichnet.  Ligon war 1997 auf der Biennale von Venedig vertreten, 2002 auf der documenta 11 und 2014 auf der Biennale in Berlin. 2009 erhielt US-Präsident Obama auf eigenen Wunsch Ligons Black Like Me No. 2 (1992) als Leihgabe des Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden für seine privaten Wohnräume im Weißen Haus.

Glenn Ligon - Self-Portrait at Nine Years Old
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Artpace 25th Anniversary Benefit Auction | Hosted by Sotheby’s
September 2021
Sothebys, New York
Est.: 8.000 - 10.000 USD
Realised: not available
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Glenn Ligon - Untitled (fire next time/crowd) #2
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Contemporary Curated
September 2021
Sothebys, New York
Est.: 120.000 - 180.000 USD
Realised: 119.700 USD
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Glenn Ligon - Stranger Drawing #4
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Contemporary Curated
September 2021
Sothebys, New York
Est.: 400.000 - 600.000 USD
Realised: 441.000 USD
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Glenn Ligon - Study for Negro Sunshine II #41
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Post War and Contemporary Art Day Sale
July 2021
Christies, London
Est.: 15.000 - 20.000 GBP
Realised: 16.250 GBP
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Glenn Ligon - Draft
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Contemporary Prints & Multiples
July 2021
Sothebys, New York
Est.: 4.000 - 6.000 USD
Realised: not sold
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Glenn Ligon - Warm Broad Glow (Reversed)
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The Artist’s Eye: The Collection of Tom Levine
May 2021
Sothebys, New York
Est.: 4.000 - 6.000 USD
Realised: 4.032 USD
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Glenn Ligon - No Room (Gold) #6
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Contemporary Art Day Auction
May 2021
Sothebys, New York
Est.: 150.000 - 200.000 USD
Realised: 138.600 USD
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Glenn Ligon - Detail
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Editions & Works on Paper
April 2021
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 1.500 - 2.500 USD
Realised: 4.410 USD
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Glenn Ligon - Untitled (Chanterelle Menu)
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Editions & Works on Paper
April 2021
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 800 - 1.200 USD
Realised: 5.040 USD
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Glenn Ligon - Mirror #2
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Out of the Blue: The Enea Righi Collection
April 2021
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 600.000 - 800.000 GBP
Realised: 627.500 GBP
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Glenn Ligon - Stranger #67
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20th c. & Contemporary Art Evening Sale
December 2020
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 1.400.000 - 1.800.000 USD
Realised: 1.784.500 USD
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Glenn Ligon - Stranger in the Village (excerpt) #5
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20th c. and Contemporary Art Day Sale - Afternoon Session
December 2020
Phillips, New York
Est.: 150.000 - 200.000 USD
Realised: not sold
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