Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2007
“There are a lot of things in our culture that seem clear, but I think what [my works] are trying to do is slow down the reading, to present a difficulty, to present something that is not so easily consumed and clear” (Glenn Ligon cited in: Carly Berwick, ‘Stranger in America’, Art in America, May 2011, p. 124).
The colour in the catalogue illustration is fairly accurate, although the blacks are deeper and richer in the original and it fails to convey the iridescent nature of the coal dust.
This work is in very good condition. The work is attached verso in several places to the backing board. The right hand edge of the paper is slightly frayed, which is original. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."