Glenn Ligon

1960 · United States

Artist biography

Glenn Ligon is seen as an established artist, who originates from the United States. Glenn Ligon was born in 1960. Born in the same country and around the same year are Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Bill Viola, Tony Oursler, Cindy Sherman and Keith Haring.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Glenn Ligon's work is available on display in 5 galleries around the globe, such as in the United Kingdom, Italy, and the United States. Some of those galleries are Thomas Dane Gallery in the United Kingdom, Thomas Dane Gallery | Naples in Italy, and Regen Projects in the United States. Glenn Ligon most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Galerie Chantal Crousel in Paris with the exhibition Sélection d'œuvres. The exhibition was open from 11 October 2019 until 22 November 2019. Glenn Ligon's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; Debris Field/Notes for a Poem on the Third World/Soleil Nègre (08 September 2018 - 04 October 2018) at Galerie Chantal Crousel in Paris and Untitled (America)/Debris Field/Synecdoche/Notes for a Poem on the Third World (12 January 2019 - 17 February 2019) at Regen Projects in Los Angeles. Glenn Ligon's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Debris Field/Notes for a Poem on the Third World/Soleil Nègre and took place at Galerie Chantal Crousel in Paris, France from the 08 September 2018 to 04 October 2018.

Historical Context of United States

The US, particularly New York city, endures as a focal point that has played a significant role in developing modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century. The concept of New York as a new cosmopolitan and highly influential art hub appeared in the post war era, and the city succeeded in asserting its supremacy over Paris, which used to be considered as the most powerful international art centre. The authority of the political and economic institutions of the United States in the modern sphere has granted the country with a powerful influence on the visual culture of the world. Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, are essential art movements that emerged in the US. These very movements also echoed into a multitude of variations, such as alternative forms of Abstract Expressionism, as well as East and West Coast variants of Pop Art, among others. Some internationally distinguished U.S artists of the contemporary period age include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Further Biographical Context for Glenn Ligon

Glenn Ligon was born in 1960 and was predominantly influenced by the 1980s. The 1980s were an era of growing global capitalism, political upheaval, worldwide mass media, wealth discrepancies and distinctive music and fashion, characterised by hip hop and electronic pop music. This had a heavy impact on the generation of artists growing up during this era. The fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the decade marked the end of the Cold War, yet the era was also marked by the African Famine. During this time leading art movements included Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and Neo-Expressionism, which took a strong hold in Germany, France and Italy. Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were key artists working at this time, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements, which quickly gained an influential reputation.

Glenn Ligon