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Luhring Augustine is pleased to announce Neon\ , Glenn Ligon’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. Throughout his care er\, Ligon has pursued an incisive exploration of American history\, litera ture\, and society across a body of work that builds critically on the lega cies of modern painting and recent conceptual art. He is best known for his landmark series of text-based paintings\, made since the 1980s\, which dra w on the writings and speech of diverse figures including Jean Genet\, Zora Neale Hurston\, Mary Shelley\, and Richard Pryor. Since 2005 Ligon has mad e neons that push his practice into new\, unexpected territories while rema ining in dialogue with his text paintings. This is the first exhibition tha t brings together a significant number of these neon works\, many of which have never before been exhibited in New York.

Warm Broad Gl ow (2005)\, Ligon’s first exploration in neon\, uses a fragment of text from Three Lives\, the 1909 novel by American author Gertrude Stein . Ligon rendered the words “negro sunshine” in warm white neon\, the letter s of which were then painted black on the front. The resulting “black light ” emitting from the piece plays with the notions of light and shadow\, defa miliarizing the usual appearance of neon while highlighting the social and political complexities of the phrase.

Two works in the exhibi tion are derived from neon sculptures by Bruce Nauman. One Live and Die< /i> (2006) stems from Nauman’s 100 Live and Die (1984). Ligon has ta ken one pair of phrases from the Nauman piece and faithfully reproduced it in cobalt blue neon painted black. Impediment (2006) is another work inspired by Nauman\, in this case the piece My Name as Though It Were W ritten on the Surface of the Moon (1968). Simultaneously a pun referrin g to being “called names” and a visual representation of slurred speech\, < i>Impediment presents a nuanced investigation of the multivalent nature of language and its more virulent uses.

Double America (2012)\, a new work created for the exhibition\, continues a series of wo rks that employ the word “America". This latest iteration seems at first gl ance to feature a mirror image of the word\, but on closer inspection it be comes apparent that the pieces are imperfectly conjoined. This simple repos itioning continues the strategy of reusing\, recycling\, and recontextualiz ing language that has long been a touchstone of Ligon’s practice.
Glenn Ligon lives and works in New York. He received a Bachelor of Art s from Wesleyan University in 1982\, and attended the Whitney Museum Indepe ndent Study Program in 1985. A mid-career retrospective of Ligon's work\, t itled Glenn Ligon: AMERICA\, opened at the Whitney Museum of America n Art\, New York in March 2011\, and traveled to the Los Angeles County Mus eum of Art and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Ligon has also had solo museum exhibitions at the Power Plant\, Toronto (2005)\, the Studio Museum in Harlem (2001)\, the Kunstverein Munich (2001)\, the Walker Art Center\, Minneapolis (2000)\, the Institute of Contemporary Art\, Philadelphia (199 8)\, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1996)\, the Brooklyn Museum of Art (1996)\, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden\, Washington D. C. (1993).

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Please Note: Our Chelsea exhibition space will b e closed Sunday\, December 23\, 2012 - Tuesday\, January 1\, 2013.

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