The exhibition Glenn Ligon: Call And Response is at Camden Arts Centre, 10 October 2014 - 11 January 2015
Throughout his career, the artist Glenn Ligon (b. 1960) has been deeply engaged with the written word: his artworks are full of painted, drawn, sculpted, photographed, and printed text.
In recent years, Ligon has also emerged as a prolific writer. His articles and critical essays have appeared in exhibition catalogues and leading art magazines and range from trenchant reviews to introspective musings on his own art and life experience.
Edited by Scott Rothkopf, who provides an introduction to Ligon's written corpus, this impressive volume begins with the artist's first major essay, a superbly crafted text written in 2004 about the artist David Hammons and his relationship to a younger generation of black artists.
In all, ten essays and twelve interviews are included, all of which demonstrate Ligon's straightforward exposition, ironic asides, knowing pop references, literary citations, and clever turns of phrase.
Glenn Ligon works across different media, including painting, neon lights, installations, videos and printing, to critically explore race and homosexuality throughout American heritage. He is best known for his text-based paintings, which draw on the writings and speech of diverse figures including Jean Genet, Zora Neale Hurston, Jesse Jackson, and Richard Pryor.
Ligon draws from American history, literature, and society to recontextualise the legacies of specific texts, modern painting and more recent conceptual artworks, whilst reflecting on his own artistic origins.
Yale University Press 2011