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Glenn Ligon’s Self-Referential Elegies

  • Glenn Ligon, from Glenn Ligon, 50, is a Bronx-born African American who has devoted his career to making word-based art that elegizes his reflections on being gay and black in America. The New York-based artist’s retrospective is at the Whitney Museum of American Art through June 5.

    Click here or on an image to read my review in The Washington Post.


    President and Mrs. Obama decorated the White House with an artwork by Ligon.  The 1992 canvas, borrowed from the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum, is titled “Black Like Me #2,” and like a lot of Ligon’s work, it’s a painting with a racially charged text. To continue reading this article...


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