New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher’s stiff photo-illustrated wraps, french flaps.
Signed first edition of American artist Glenn Ligon's writings and interviews. Ligon is acclaimed for his conceptually based paintings and photo/text work examining social, linguistic, and political constructions of race, gender, and sexuality in America. In 2004, Ligon contributed a major piece to Artforum on the work of David Hammons and his generation of young Black artists ("'African-American' or 'African-American Art' has always been a complicated place to live. A noisy cul-de-sac at the end of a long and winding road that lots of folks are curious about but only want to visit during the summertime"). Published on the occasion of his mid-career retrospective at the Whitney in 2011, this collection gathers a selection of pieces Ligon published in major art magazines and exhibition catalogs, including essays on Felix Gonzales-Torres, Dave McKenzie, Kelley Walker, and New York housing, alongside interviews with the artist by Phyllis Rosenzweig, Marie de Brugerolle, Hilton Als, Wayne Kostenbaum, and more. Illustrated with color and black-and-white photos and reproductions. Edited and with an introduction by art historian and Whitney curator Scott Rothkopf; with index. Signed by Ligon to the title page. Occasional underlining and marginalia in black ink by a previous owner. Sticker residue to tail of spine, light edgewear. Very good. Item #6964