Glenn Ligon, Known for His Text-Based Paintings, Has Joined Hauser & Wirth
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Glenn Ligon, Known for His Text-Based Paintings, Has Joined Hauser & Wirth

HAUSER & WIRTH is now representing artist Glenn Ligon. The gallery officially announced the news today, following an article about the representation published yesterday in ARTnews that cited an earlier report from Baer Faxt, a newsletter the covers the art industry. With language as a guiding force, Ligon explores American history and the African American experience through both a personal and political lens. Literature by James Baldwin, Walt Whitman, Ralph Ellison, and Zora Neale Hurston has inspired his work. He has also drawn on Richard Pryor’s stand up, fugitive slave advertisements, and signs carried by striking sanitation workers in 1968. Ligon’s three-decade practice spans painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, and installation. He is particularly recognized for his text-based paintings and neon works. Marc Payot, partner and vice president at Hauser & Wirth said in statement that Ligon’s work “occupies such an important place in the story of American art.” Payot added: “His deep political and philosophical engagement resonate with many other artists in our program, from such a predecessor as Philip Guston, to peers Lorna Simpson, Zoe Leonard and Mark Bradford, while his use of language and literature links him to others like Jenny Holzer and Roni Horn. We are […]

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