Monday, 12 September 2011
Glenn Ligon belongs to a generation of artists who came to prominence at the end of the 1980s and the beginning of the 1990s for paintings and photo-texts which explore aesthetic questions related to society, linguistics, racial and gender politics and sexuality. Ligon’s work employs various artistic forms including painting, printmaking, sculpture, installation and video - each chosen for its special aptitude to treat complex subjects that defy normal categorisation. Integrating diverse sources such as texts by James Baldwin, found and subverted imagery and sketches by the comedian Richard Pryor. His work is an informed meditation on quotation and the invading presence of the past as well as the representation of the self in relation to culture and history.