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Glenn Ligon

Self-Portrait at Nine Years Old

Glenn Ligon

Glenn Ligon

Self-Portrait at Nine Years Old

Self-Portrait at Nine Years Old

Glenn Ligon (b. 1960)

Self-Portrait at Nine Years Old

2008


Signed lower right

Pigmented linen pulp on paper

Edition AP 2/5

12 x 12 in.


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This work is in excellent condition.

Gift of the Artist

Glenn Ligon’s conceptual artwork explores race, gender, and identity. His artworks often examine cultural and social identities through photographs, historical texts, popular figures, and so on. Self-Portrait at Nine Years Old is part of a series in which Ligon used images of his childhood music idols to represent himself as a child. This paper-pulp print depicts James Brown created through black dots on a baby blue background. In an interview with David Drogin, Ligon said, “It’s not simply about a kind of identity formation in the sense of ‘these are people I want to emulate.’ It was more about, ‘these are the people who are speaking to me at the moment.’”