Glenn Ligon is known for his text-based works engaging themes of race, sexuality, and gender. Drawing on the aesthetic language of minimalism and the textual and philosophical modes of conceptual art, both enriched through his engagement with cultural studies and critical theory, Ligon draws on influences ranging from Zora Neale Hurston to James Baldwin, repeating fragments of text to the point of obscurity or illegibility.
The print was published to support the exhibition "Glenn Ligon: Encounters and Collisions", which he curated at Nottingham Contemporary and Tate Liverpool. Ligon’s starting point was an installation view of one of his iconic America neons. He subjected this to low-tech copying and transferring techniques, which has resulted in a frayed and mottled image of the original work, whose tones have been reversed.
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