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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : Tate Liverpool : Glenn Ligon

Today we arrive Tate Liverpool – Glenn Ligon, for our Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.

The art in this gallery explores works of Glenn Ligon and his contemporaries. Presented here are our top three works to see here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these!

1. Abstract Painting No. 5, 1962, by Ad Reinhardt
2. Meryon, 1960 – 1961, by Franz Kline
3. Untitled, 2006, by  Glenn Ligon

Image credit for artworks : Tate Liverpool

Some fun facts about the Museum :

  • This gallery features important works of Abstract and Conceptual art.
  • Glenn Ligon is the central point or trigger in this constellation.
  • Ligon is an American Conceptual artist based in New York.
  • His works carry themes of gender, identity, sexuality and race.
  • Ligon attended Walden School before enrolling in Wesleyan University. Upon graduation, painting was only a leisurely pursuit. Coming from a humble working class family, Ligon worked a clerical job at a law firm to earn money.
  • Nonetheless, he was a gifted painter. Inspired by Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock and other artistic greats of the era.
  • By the late 80s, Ligon had become a series artist. He had even developed his own unique style and vocabulary. He combined text with imagery to create politically and socially potent works.
  • Minimalism and Conceptualism are arguably important aspects of his works. He uses less (words) to say more. And his artistic output is more about ideas – of freedom, equality – than it is about aesthetics.

A Final Thought : Glenn Ligon

Ligon is considered a leading name in the world of Contemporary art today. This gallery at Tate Liverpool showcases works that are thematically grouped together. As having directly or indirectly influenced one another  


Visit Art From Us Archive for Museum Guide collated by Divvya Nirula. Here you shall find more suggestions on where you should visit next. And also what you should see there.

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