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. This volume will be
an indispensible reader to all those interested in contemporary art
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