• 12.05.2021 - Portals, a collaboration between NEON and the Hellenic Parliament

    12.05.2021 - Portals, a collaboration between NEON and the Hellenic Parliament

    59 artists from 27 countries including 15 new site-specific works commissioned by NEON will be featured in the group exhibition Portals, opening on 11 June in the renovated spaces of the former Public Tobacco Factory – Hellenic Parliament Library & Printing House, as part of the collaboration between the Hellenic Parliament and NEON.

     

    The timing is highly appropriate, as we commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Greek War of Independence, while at the same time countries and societies all over the world are reeling from the pandemic. Within this framework, Portals aspires to convey the messages, ideas and visions of contemporary artistic creation, investigating the new reality revealed through the prism of change and disruption. The exhibition is curated by Elina Kountouri, Director of NEON, and Madeleine Grynsztejn, Pritzker Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.
     

    The exhibition takes place in the NEON-renovated building of the former Public Tobacco Factory, which emerges as a modern cultural hub, open to all. In this space, artists from both Greece and across the world express the pluralism of ideas and address the concept of the collective and our cultural understanding of history and politics, public space and our communal past, present and future.

     

    The exhibition is inspired by an article from 2020 by the novelist Arundhati Roy, on the Financial Times on 3 April 2020, who sees the pandemic as a “portal, a gateway between one world and the next”. Acknowledging that the rupture created by the pandemic individually and collectively opens a portal, it is up to us to negotiate our transition through it.

     

    The exhibition explores contemporary reality and pays tribute to a world in need of healing and unity. 

     

    Participating Artists

    Nikos Alexiou, El Anatsui, Dimitrios Antonitsis, Kutluğ Ataman, Kostas Bassanos, Vlassis Caniaris, Joana Choumali, Anastasia Douka, Eirene Efstathiou, Brendan Fernandes, Apostolos Georgiou, Jeffrey Gibson, Robert Gober, Vangelis Gokas, Sonia Gomes, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Shilpa Gupta, Elif Kamisli, Kapwani Kiwanga, Panos Kokkinias, Chrysanthi Koumianaki, Jannis Kounellis, Louise Lawler, Glenn Ligon, Liliane Lijn, Maria Loizidou, Tala Madani, Teresa Margolles, Steve McQueen, Sidsel Meineche Hansen, Marisa Merz, Ad Minoliti, Alex Mylona, Nikos Navridis, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Duro Olowu, Maria Papadimitriou, Dimitris Papaioannou, Cornelia Parker, Adam Pendleton, Solange Pessoa, Francis Picabia, Gala Porras-Kim, Michael Rakowitz, Ed Ruscha, Dana Schutz, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Elias Sime, Christiana Soulou, Do Ho Suh, Anna Tsouhlarakis, Alexandros Tzannis, Adriana Varejão, Erika Verzutti, Adrián Villar Rojas , Danh Võ, Daphne Wright, Myrto Xanthopoulou, Billie Zangewa.

  • 12.05.2020 - Glenn Ligon: Instagram Live Conversation with Scott Rothkopf, Whitney Museum

    12.05.2020 - Glenn Ligon: Instagram Live Conversation with Scott Rothkopf, Whitney Museum

    Glenn Ligon: Instagram Live Conversation with Scott Rothkopf, Whitney Museum

     

    As part of a new Instagram live conversation series, Glenn Ligon will be in conversation with Nancy and Steve Crown Family Chief Curator, Scott Rothkopf to share museum highlights, discuss current times and consider favourite artworks.

     

    Wednesday 12 May, 7pm EST

     

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  • 12.02.2020 - Thomas Dane Gallery at Frieze LA 2020

    12.02.2020 - Thomas Dane Gallery at Frieze LA 2020

    Thomas Dane Gallery at Frieze LA 2020

     

    Drawing(s)
    Thomas Dane Gallery 
    Stand: C08

    Featuring works by: Terry Adkins, Hurvin Anderson, Walead Beshty, Lynda Benglis, Cecily Brown, Anya Gallaccio, Arturo Herrera, Ella Kruglyanskaya, Michael Landy, Bob Law, Glenn Ligon, Lari Pittman, Amy Sillman, Caragh Thuring and Akram Zaatari.

    Preview: 13 February 2020
    Public days: 14-16 February 2020

     

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  • 30.01.2020 - Glenn Ligon: Artist Talk, The Menil Collection

    30.01.2020 - Glenn Ligon: Artist Talk, The Menil Collection

    Glenn Ligon: Artist Talk, The Menil Collection, Texas

     

    Glenn Ligon delivers an Artist Talk on occasion of the Menil’s recent acquisition of his work, Untitled (Orpheus and Eurydice). Ligon discusses the concept of America in his work, from his text-based neon sculptures that illuminate words, phrases, and sentences to his highly textured language-based paintings that draw their content from American history, popular culture, and literary works by writers such as James Baldwin, Zora Neale Hurston, Ralph Ellison, Gertrude Stein, and Jean Genet, among others.

     

    Friday, 31 January

    6:00-7:00pm

     

    Main Building

    The Menil Collection

    1533 Sul Ross Street
    Houston, Texas

     

     

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  • 02.12.2019 - Glenn Ligon: Lecture, de la Cruz Collection, Miami

    02.12.2019 - Glenn Ligon: Lecture, de la Cruz Collection, Miami

    Glenn Ligon: Lecture, de la Cruz Collection, Miami

     

     

    Monday, 2 December, 8pm

     

    de la Cruz Collection

    23 NE 41st St

    Miami

     

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  • 13.09.2019 - Glenn Ligon: The Seventh Continent, 16th Istanbul Biennial

    13.09.2019 - Glenn Ligon: The Seventh Continent, 16th Istanbul Biennial

    Glenn Ligon: The Seventh Continent, 16th Istanbul Biennial 

     

    Glenn Ligon's contributions to the Biennial pay tribute to US author and activist James Baldwin’s life in Istanbul. One of the works Ligon presents is Sedat Pakay’s 1973 filmic portrait of Baldwin, From Another Place, which the artist has subtitled in Turkish for the first time. In two related videos, the artist pairs crowd scenes shot in Taksim Square with music from contemporary experimental musicians. Accompanying these videos are two date neons and the newest in a series of sculptures that display the word ‘America’. Ligon has installed these using mahyas, strings of lamps or lights strung between minarets on mosques during Ramadan, that spell out messages to the faithful. The work will change in appearance every two weeks during the exhibition. 

     

    Image: still from James Baldwin 'From Another Place'. Courtesy of © Hudson Film Works II and sedatpakay.com.

     

    Istanbul Foundation for Arts and Culture 

    Nejat Eczacıbaşı Building

    Sadi Konuralp Caddesi, No: 5 
    Şişhane 34433 Istanbul

     

    14 September - 10 November 2019 

     

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  • 11.06.2019 - Anthea Hamilton, Glenn Ligon, Hurvin Anderson, Steve McQueen: Get Up, Stand Up, Now, Somerset House, London

    11.06.2019 - Anthea Hamilton, Glenn Ligon, Hurvin Anderson, Steve McQueen: Get Up, Stand Up, Now, Somerset House, London

    Anthea Hamilton, Glenn Ligon, Hurvin Anderson, Steve McQueen: Get Up, Stand Up, Now, Somerset House, London

     

    A major new exhibition celebrating the past 50 years of Black creativity in Britain and beyond.

     

    West Wing Galleries

    Somerset House

    Strand

    London

     

    12 June - 15 September 2019

     

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  • 05.06.2019 - Thomas Dane Gallery at Art Basel

    05.06.2019 - Thomas Dane Gallery at Art Basel

    Art Basel - Stand: R18

     

    Featuring works by: Terry Adkins, Hurvin Anderson, Lynda Benglis, Walead Beshty, John Gerrard, Anthea Hamilton, Arturo Herrera, Barbara Kasten, Glenn Ligon, Jean-Luc Moulène, Caragh Thuring, Kelley Walker, and Akram Zaatari. 

    Preview: 11-12 June 2019 
    Public days: 13-16 June 2019

     

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  • 27.03.2019 - Thomas Dane Gallery at Art Basel Hong Kong

    27.03.2019 - Thomas Dane Gallery at Art Basel Hong Kong

    Art Basel Hong Kong - Stand: 1C02

     

    Featuring works by: Hurvin Anderson, Lynda Benglis, Anya Gallaccio, John Gerrard, Arturo Herrera, Phillip King, Ella Kruglyanskaya, Bob Law, Glenn Ligon, Jean-Luc Moulène, Xie Nanxing, Albert Oehlen and Akram Zaatari. 

     

    Preview: 27-28 March 

    Public days: 29-31 March 

     

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  • 27.03.2019 - Glenn Ligon: In Conversation with Donatien Grau and Anne Lafont, Institut national d'historie de l'art

    27.03.2019 - Glenn Ligon: In Conversation with Donatien Grau and Anne Lafont, Institut national d'historie de l'art

    Glenn Ligon: In Conversation with Donatien Grau and Anne Lafont, Institut national d'historie de l'art

     

    Following the opening of Glenn Ligon's 'Some Black Parisians' at the Musée d'Orsay, Glenn Ligon will be in conversation with Donatien Grau, head of contemporary programs at Musée d’Orsay, and Anne Lafont, Director of Studies at École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. 

     

    Galerie Colbert, Auditorium
    Institut national d'histoire de l'art
    6, rue des Petits-Champs ou 2, rue Vivienne 
    75002 Paris

     

    Wednesday 27 March 2019 

    6:30pm

     

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  • 26.03.2019 - Glenn Ligon: Some Black Parisians, Musée d'Orsay

    26.03.2019 - Glenn Ligon: Some Black Parisians, Musée d'Orsay

    Glenn Ligon: Some Black Parisians, Musée d'Orsay

     

    Ligon's new commission from Musée d'Orsay, Some Black Parisians, consists of 12 large scale neons which highlight the names of some of the models, performers and writers who appear in important French works of art from the 19th and early 20th centuries. 

     

    Musée d'Orsay
    Allée centrale des sculptures

    1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur,

    75007 Paris

     

    26 March - 21 July 2019 

     

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  • 12.02.2019 - Glenn Ligon: Selections from the Marciano Collection, Los Angeles

    12.02.2019 - Glenn Ligon: Selections from the Marciano Collection, Los Angeles

    Glenn Ligon: Selections from the Marciano Collection 

     

    Marciano Art Foundation

    4357 Wilshire Blvd

    Los Angeles

     

    12 February - 5 May 2019 

     

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  • 07.02.2019 - Glenn Ligon: Artist Talk, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

    07.02.2019 - Glenn Ligon: Artist Talk, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

    Glenn Ligon: Artist Talk at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts 

     

    Glenn Ligon will discuss his practice which has pursued critical perspectives of American history since the 1980s. This talk will highlight one of VMFA’s recent acquisition, A Small Band, currently on view in the Cochrane Atrium.

     

    Leslie Cheek Theater

    Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

    200 N. Boulevard 

    Richmond, Virginia 

     

    Thursday, 7 February 2019

    6:30 - 7:30pm 

     

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  • 15.01.2019 - Glenn Ligon: Traction: Art Talk with Glenn Ligon, University of California, Santa Cruz

    15.01.2019 - Glenn Ligon: Traction: Art Talk with Glenn Ligon, University of California, Santa Cruz

    Glenn Ligon: Traction: Art Talk with Glenn Ligon at the University of California, Santa Cruz

     

    Digital Arts Research Center (DARC)

    453 Kerr Road

    Santa Cruz

    California 95064

     

    Tuesday 15 January 2019 

    7-9pm

     

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  • 14.01.2019 - Glenn Ligon: To be a Negro in this country is really never to be looked at, Maria & Alberto de la Cruz Art Gallery, Washington

    14.01.2019 - Glenn Ligon: To be a Negro in this country is really never to be looked at, Maria & Alberto de la Cruz Art Gallery, Washington

    Glenn Ligon: To be a Negro in this country is really never to be looked at.

     

    Maria & Alberto de la Cruz Art Gallery, Washington 

    24 January - 7 April 2019 

     

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  • 15.11.2018 - Glenn Ligon: 'The Artist's Voice', in conversation with Jason Moran

    15.11.2018 - Glenn Ligon: 'The Artist's Voice', in conversation with Jason Moran

    Talk:  'The Artist's Voice', Glenn Ligon in conversation with Jason Moran, jazz pianist

     

    ICA Boston, Boston MA

    15 November 2018, 7pm

     

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  • Blue Black Curated by Glenn Ligon at Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St Louis

    Blue Black Curated by Glenn Ligon at Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St Louis

    Blue Black Curated by Glenn Ligon

     

    Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St Louis

     9 June - 7 October, 2017

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  • Glenn Ligon to be honoured at Nottingham Contemporary’s Inaugural Gala Dinner

    Glenn Ligon to be honoured at Nottingham Contemporary’s Inaugural Gala Dinner

    Inaugural Fundraising Gala Dinner

    Nottingham Contemporary

    28 April, 2017

     

    Nottingham Contemporary will honour contemporary artist Glenn Ligon as one of the most important artists of his generation at their Inaugural Fundraising Gala Dinner. 

  • Lynda Benglis, Glenn Ligon, Amy Sillman and Kelley Walker: Painting 2.0: Expression in the Information Age at Museum Brandhorst, Munich

    Lynda Benglis, Glenn Ligon, Amy Sillman and Kelley Walker: Painting 2.0: Expression in the Information Age at Museum Brandhorst, Munich

    Painting 2.o:Expression in the Information Age

    14 November, 2015 - 30 April, 2016

    Museum Brandhorst

     

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  • Glenn Ligon: Encounters and Collisions at Tate Liverpool

    Glenn Ligon: Encounters and Collisions at Tate Liverpool

    Glenn Ligon: Encounters and Collisions

    June 30 - October 18, 2015

    Tate Liverpool

     

    One of the most significant American artists of his generation creates an autobiographical art history, bringing together artworks he references, and his own work. 

     

     

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  • Walead Beshty, Glenn Ligon and Steve McQueen: Venice Biennale 2015

    Walead Beshty, Glenn Ligon and Steve McQueen: Venice Biennale 2015

    Congratulations to Walead BeshtyGlenn Ligon and Steve McQueen on their participation in 

    All the World’s Futures—curated by Okwui Enwezor, 56th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy

    9 May - 22 November, 2015

      

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  • Glenn Ligon: Encounters and Collisions at Nottingham Contemporary

    Glenn Ligon: Encounters and Collisions at Nottingham Contemporary

    Glenn Ligon: Encounters and Collisions

    April 3 - June 11, 2015

    Nottingham Contemporary


    One of the most significant American artists of his generation creates an autobiographical art history, bringing together artworks he references, and his own work. 

     

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  • Glenn Ligon: Call and Response

    Glenn Ligon: Call and Response

    Glenn Ligon: Call and Response

    October 10 2014- January 11, 2015

    Camden Arts Centre, London


    Over the autumnal months, Camden Arts Centre presents Glenn Ligon: Call and Response, the first exhibition in a UK public gallery for the celebrated American artist.

     

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  • Glenn Ligon at the Berlin Biennale

    Glenn Ligon at the Berlin Biennale

    Berlin Biennale

    May 29- August 3, 2014

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  • Glenn Ligon: winner of the 18th annual Medal Award

    Glenn Ligon: winner of the 18th annual Medal Award

    Awarded for the first time in 1996, the annual Medal Award of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (SMFA) is a prize rewarding exceptional artists and important art supporters for their involvement and influence in the art world. This year, the SMFA will award contemporary artist Glenn Ligon during a ceremony scheduled for 20 May 2013.

     

    The artist is known for his works using different media, namely painting, neon lights, installations, videos and printing that explore the topics of sexuality, depiction, race or language. He uses suggestive texts, quotations issued from culturally and historically important publications of artists such as James Baldwin, Jean Genet and Zora Neale Hurston. Through his work, Ligon explores the cultural heritage of America and replaces it with the context of contemporary life.

     

    Born in 1960 in Bronx, Glenn Ligon currently lives and works in New York. He graduated from the Wesleyan University in 1982. He had solo shows, namely at the Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington (1993), at the Brooklyn Museum of Art (1996), at the St. Louis Art Museum (2000), at the Studio Museum in Harlem (2001), at the Dia Center for the Arts in New York (2003) and at the Power Plant in Toronto (2005). He has also exhibited internationally on the occasion of big group events.