Glenn Ligon is an American conceptual artist whose work explores race, language, desire, sexuality, and identity. He is known for creating large, text-based paintings in which a phrase chosen from literature or other sources is repeated continuously. In Double America (above), with its skewed perspectives, Ligon seems to be questioning the idealism of a landscape, in this case, a country—“by shining a light that’s eclipsed at the same time.”
Listen to a brief audio interview with the artist and read his profile in The New York Times magazine Greats issue.
Photo by Christina House, The Times (London)