%C2%A9 Glenn Ligon

Untitled [D], 1992

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Painter, photographer, and printmaker Glenn Ligon's provocative artwork mines the history of African-American culture, from slave narratives to the "Million Man March" on Washington, D.C.

In this suite of untitled etchings, Ligon addresses lingering racism in America by invoking the autobiographical writings of renowned black authors. The prints with black texts printed on white paper feature excerpts from the 1928 essay "How It Feels to Be Colored Me" by Zora Neale Hurston. Ligon explains: "The prints play with the notion of becoming 'colored' and how that 'becoming' obscures meaning and also created this beautiful, abstract thing."

The pair with black texts printed on black paper feature texts from Ralph Ellison's 1952 novel Invisible Man, which describes blacks in America as ghosts, present and real, but because of racism, remaining unseen. Together, the pairs of prints symbolically illustrate the continued separation between the races.

Untitled [D]
Artist Life
born 1960
Accession Number
(G. W. Einstein, Inc., New York); sold to MIA, 1993.
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