Glenn Ligon is an artist and curator who has worked in media including painting, sculpture, prints, drawings, neon, video, photography, and digital media. His work is in the permanent collections of the Tate Modern, the Centre Pompidou, The Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among other museums.


Kinds of Blue Black

Viviane Sassen: Kinee, 2011

The exhibition that I curated at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation this year, “Blue Black,” explores the space between Ellsworth Kelly’s Blue Black and Louis Armstrong’s “Black and Blue,” using them as bookends for an inquiry into how these two colors have been employed within a wide range of artistic practices. The exhibition was conceived as a meditation on the formal, political, and metaphysical ways the colors have been used, and an attempt to reveal the conversations artists have set up between them.