In the winter of 2014 Glen Ligon’s art work will be featured at The New School University’s University Center. Ligon’s first site specific work in New York, a permanent text feature at the Event Cafe, will encompass using Walt Whitman’s poetry collection Leaves of Grass. Ligon will place them along the top of the café’s walls, illuminating the space with 400 feet of neon text.
Ligon is best known for his text based art work in which he explores topics such as race, sexuality, and history while rethinking, reimagining and remixing texts that already exist. Using quotes from authors and historic figures such as Mary Shelley, Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Ligon’s works investigate language and relation. His work has been shown internationally, selected for the National Gallery, and chosen for President Obama’s White House Art Collection. In March, 2011, a mid-career retrospective, Glenn Ligon: AMERICA, opened at the Whitney Museum of American Art and traveled to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
His current exhibition, Neon, runs through January 19, 2013, at Luhring Augustine Gallery in Chelsea.
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