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Yourself in the World: Selected Writings and Interviews
Throughout his career, the artist Glenn Ligon (b. 1960) has been deeply engaged with the written word: his artworks are full of painted, drawn, sculpted, photographed, and printed text. In recent years, Ligon has also emerged as a prolific writer. His articles and critical essays have appeared in exhibition catalogues and leading art magazines and range from trenchant ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by Yale University Press
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i have a strictly singular way in which i'm reading books right now, from cover to cover in sequential order. all the books i review on here is based on this process. i would even read specialized dictionaries this way. although i think glenn ligon is a very important artist whose head i'd like to get inside of, this interest is greatly disserved by reading interviews by him in rapid sequence, like i just did. interviews are notoriously disappointing and misleading, and as i read ligon's in this ...more
I was disappointed by this book. I'm inherently interested in artists that use language in their work, but I found Ligon's writing and thinking about his work surprisingly thin. I mean, if you're going to make objects out of language, the materiality of language would seem to be a key, and at least based on his writing and answers to interviews here, it doesn't seem to be much of an issue for him. Not that it has to be, but as far as resonance with my own work and research into the physicality ...more