Meet Glenn Ligon, whose work was in the in the private quarters of the Obama White House.
Born in 1960 in the Bronx of New York, Glenn Ligon has worked across various media, including painting, light installations and video. His pieces explore themes of sexuality, race, politics and U.S. national identity. He frequently makes references to texts by writers including Gertrude Stein and James Baldwin, as well as figures from popular culture like Richard Pryor. Describing his work to The Guardian, Ligon said, “The political gets turned, through repetition, into a kind of abstraction.”
His piece Black Like Me No. 2 hung in Barack Obama’s private quarters of the White House.
Ligon’s work is on view as part of the New Skin exhibition at the Aïshti Foundation, Jal el Dib.