Regen Projects, Los Angeles Acquired by the present owner from the above in August 2006
New York, Marvelli Gallery, Minima Moralia, September - October 2010 New York, La Mama la Galleria, Mixed Messages, June - July 2011
“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)
This work is in very good condition overall. There is evidence of light wear and handling along the edges of the metal box, which has resulted in very minor paint loss, visible under close inspection. The electrical elements and neon are in good working order. 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. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.