Places– of Charm

Among pieces of other living contemporary artists, President and Michelle Obama have chosen works from artist Glen Ligon for their private living quarters in the White House.   During Ligon’s creative process, he uses text from James Baldwin, Gertrude Stein and Richard Pryor, explains writer Hunter Drohojowska-Philip of the L.A. Times.  Photo below is courtesy of Christina House.  Text is stenciled in paint along with shimmering coal dust on the canvas, and sometimes words overlap.  Ligon says he is not a political artist.  He says, “I make art to figure out what I’m thinking, not to tell people what I think.”  Ligon’s works are featured at Regen Projects II, 9016 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, from Saturday to January 23rd.  Price is free.

Glenn Ligon

4 thoughts on “Places– of Charm

  1. Reba Studebaker

    Glen Ligon’s works are inspiring, and I’m guessing it comes from his sincere creation process. Besides showing works at the Regen on the gallery’s 20th anniversary, he will have a future showing at The Whitney Museum of Art.

  2. Kathleen Rowland

    Thelma Golden (director of the Studio Museum in Harlem) believes Glen Ligon is one of the most important artists working today.

  3. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    At the moment, for Ligon’s show at the Regen, he will arrange twenty-two canvases for display. His exhibition is entitled OFF THE BOOK.

  4. Kathleen Rowland

    Hunter Drohojowska-Philip tells us that the news (that the Obamas chose a couple of his pieces) took awhile to reach Ligon, and he wasn’t sure if it was true. Now he knows it wasn’t a rumor, and he is honored that the First Family will see his art where they live.

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