Glenn Ligon is a conceptual artist who uses intertexuality to explore race, language, sexuality, and identity in his work. Ligon is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the Whitney Museum of American Art's Independent Study program. Initially influenced by the abstract expressionist painting style of Willem DeKooning, Ligon later moved into multiple media such as neon signs, prints, video, photography and digital media.
Ligon has been featured in many solo shows including exhibitions at the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Walker Center (Minneapolis), the St. Louis Art Museum, and the Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia). Additionally, he has been the subject of retrospectives at the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Modern Art Museum of Forth Worth.
The work of Glenn Ligon is included in many private and public collections including the Hirshhorn Museum of Art and Sculpture Garden (Washington D.C.), the White House collection (Washington D.C.), the Museum of Contemporary Art-Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Art (New York), the Tate Modern (London), the Walker Art Center (Minneaplois), the National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), and the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York).