Born in 1960, in New York, USA.
Lives and works in New York.
Since the 1990s, Glenn Ligon has been exploring American history, literature and society by focusing on words, their meaning and illegibility. Relying on various literary sources such as texts by James Baldwin, Gertrude Stein, Walt Whitman or Jean Genet to name only a few, his approach gives palpable density and weight to the word.
Major institutional exhibitions by Glenn Ligon include the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, Los Angeles County Museum, Camden Arts Centre in London, the Power Plant in Toronto, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Studio Museum Harlem, New York, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, and Kunstverein Munich.
He has also participated in major group exhibitions such as the 56th Venice Biennale (2015), Berlin Biennal (2014), Istanbul Biennal (2011), documenta XI (2002), Gwangju Biennale (2000), the Venice Biennale (1997) and the Whitney Biennial (1991 and 1993).
He has been involved in curatorial projects such as Blue Black, at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St. Louis in June 2017 and Glenn Ligon: Encounters and Collisions at Nottingham Contemporary and Tate Liverpool in 2015.
His awards and honors include a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and the Studio Museum’s Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize.
His work is also part of many collections: Art Institute of Chicago, Baltimore Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Centre national d’Art et de Culture Georges-Pompidou, Paris, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C., Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Philadelphia Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, Tate Modern, London, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.