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Glenn Ligon
B. 1960
ONE LIVE AND DIE
neon and paint on metal boxes
6 by 66 by 10 1/2 in. 15.2 by 167.6 by 26.7 cm.
Executed in 2006, this work is number 1 from an edition of 1 plus 1 artist's proof.
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Provenance

Regen Projects, Los Angeles
Acquired by the present owner from the above in August 2006

Exhibited

New York, Marvelli Gallery, Minima Moralia, September - October 2010
New York, La Mama la Galleria, Mixed Messages, June - July 2011

Catalogue Note

“If Ligon’s neon reliefs call to mind the vernacular signage of shop windows (one even announces “EVERYTHING MUST GO”), they also unapologetically refer to numerous antecedents, including Kosuth and Bruce Nauman, whose exacting language Ligon has long admired. As if to acknowledge this debt, Ligon yanked the twinned phrases “black and die” and “black and live” from Nauman’s neon masterpiece One Hundred Live and Die (1984), an act of deracination that only amplifies the curt brutality of Nauman’s words.” (Scott Rothkopf in Exh. Cat., New York, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Glenn Ligon: AMERICA, 2011, p. 45)

Contemporary Art Day Auction

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New York