Glenn Ligon: AMERICA is the first comprehensive mid-career retrospective devoted to this pioneering New York–based artist. Throughout his career, Ligon (b. 1960) has pursued an incisive exploration of American history, literature, and society across a body of work that builds critically on the legacies of modern painting and more recent conceptual art. He is best known for his landmark series of text-based paintings, made since the late 1980s, which draw on the writings and speech of diverse figures including Jean Genet, Zora Neale Hurston, Jesse Jackson, and Richard Pryor. Ligon’s subject matter ranges widely from the Million Man March and the aftermath of slavery to 1970s coloring books and the photography of Robert Mapplethorpe—all treated within artworks that are both politically provocative and beautiful to behold.
Vale a pena acrescentar que uma obra de Ligon ("Black Like Me No. 2," 1992) está entre as que o casal Obama escolheu para redecorar a Casa Branca. Convive com obras de outro artistas afro-americanos e americanos nativos e nomes consagrados como Jasper Johns e o meu muito apreciado Mark Rothko.
Aqui ao lado está Untitled (I'm Turning Into a Specter Before Your Very Eyes and I'm Going to Haunt You) 1992, Óleo e gesso sobre tela. The Philadelphia Museum of Art. A citação é da peça "Les Nègres" de Jean Genet.