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Glenn Ligon Come Out

Glenn Ligon Come Out

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Text by Megan Ratner

American artist Glenn Ligon’s latest monumental screen-printed paintings draw upon Minimalist composer Steve Reich’s taped-speech work Come Out.

Ligon’s series recontextualises the phrase ‘Come out to show them’ from the testimony of one of the badly beaten Harlem Six, which Reich isolated for his 1966 work. Whilst Reich repeats the refrain on two channels that gradually become out of sync, Ligon continually superimposes the words onto the canvas to form densely layered landscapes of text. Echoing Reich's music, the artist increases the number of silkscreen layers in each painting until the words verge on abstraction.

Bringing together illustrations of new studies and paintings originally exhibited at Thomas Dane Gallery, London, an essay by Megan Ratner examines the relationship between the paintings, the phrase and history.

Published by Ridinghouse, 2014
Hardcover 48 pages with 25 color images
Dimensions: 12 x 11 1/4 inches (30.48 x 28.57 cm)
This title is out of print
Condition: New.  In original shrinkwrap

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