Glenn Ligon


Glenn Ligon Biography

b. 1960

Glenn Ligon is an American conceptual artist who explores issues of race, language, sexuality, and identity.  He uses written text semiotically and interlaces it with representational images in order to deconstruct stereotypes of African Americans and of African American culture.  He sees race as a concept structured by context rather than something innate in a particular person. 

Ligon had a major mid-career retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2011.  His work is held in the permanent collections of the White House (the 1992 Black Like Me No. 2, added 2009), the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Art Institute of Chicago, among many others.