Untitled: Four Etchings [C]
On View In:
Gallery 374
Artist:   Glenn Ligon
Printed by Greg Burnet, New York
Published by Max Protech Gallery, New York  
Title:   Untitled: Four Etchings [C]  
Date:   1992  
Medium:   Etching with soft-ground, aquatint, spitbite, and sugar lift  
Dimensions:   23 1/2 x 15 7/8 in. (59.69 x 40.32 cm) (plate) 25 x 17 1/2 in. (63.5 x 44.45 cm) (sheet)  
Credit Line:   Gift of the Print and Drawing Council  
Location:   Gallery 374  

Painter, photographer, and printmaker Glenn Ligon's provocative artwork mines the history of African-American culture, from slave narratives to the "Million Man March" on Washington, D.C. In this suite of untitled etchings, Ligon addresses lingering racism in America by invoking the autobiographical writings of renowned black authors. The prints with black texts printed on white paper feature excerpts from the 1928 essay "How It Feels to Be Colored Me" by Zora Neale Hurston. Ligon explains: "The prints play with the notion of becoming 'colored' and how that 'becoming' obscures meaning and also created this beautiful, abstract thing." The pair with black texts printed on black paper feature texts from Ralph Ellison's 1952 novel Invisible Man, which describes blacks in America as ghosts, present and real, but because of racism, remaining unseen. Together, the pairs of prints symbolically illustrate the continued separation between the races.

Name:   Ligon, Glenn  
Role:   Maker  
Life Dates:   American, born 1960  
Name:   Max Protech Gallery, New York  
Role:   Publisher  
Name:   Greg Burnet, New York  
Role:   Printer  

Object Description  
Inscriptions:   Signature, Date, Edition  
Classification:   Prints  
Creation Place:   North America, United States, , ,  
Edition:   Edition of 45, plus 10 AP  
Accession #:   P.93.17.3  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts