Glenn Ligon is the sixth speaker in the American Artist Lecture Series, here in conversation with Duro Olowu



One of America’s leading contemporary artists, he is perhaps best known for his now landmark series of paintings in which texts are written in black against white backgrounds.

Ligon continues to explore subjects of race, language, desire, sexuality, and identity in his work while crossing borders of media from painting, drawing, print, photography, film or sculptural installations to his iconic neon reliefs. Throughout his career, he has doggedly offered sharp and perceptive examinations of American history, culture, identity, literature, and society.

This summer Ligon will be the subject of an exhibition at Tate Liverpool, opening 30 June 2015.