Thomas Dane shows dense, dark and disturbing textual screenprints by Glenn Ligon

By Mark Sheerin | 14 February 2014

Exhibition preview:  Glenn Ligon – Come Out, Thomas Dane Gallery, London, until March 22 2014

Glenn Ligon, Come Out Study #4, 2014© Glenn Ligon
Music doesn’t always translate well into art, but these monumental Glenn Ligon screenprints would appear to be a good parallel with early Steve Reich.

The composer’s early taped speech work ‘Come Out’ (1966) lends the show both its title and its inspiration.

Ligon often works with text, and in this case the multi-layered painting takes its cue from one of the Harlem Six, a young man accused of the murder of a shopkeeper in 1964.

The full statement by this unfortunate victim of police brutality reads thus: “I had to, like, open the bruise up, and let some of the bruise blood come out to show them.”

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