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Glenn Ligon: In the Studio

‘I'm interested always in the things that can be said and the things that cannot be said, or the things that are difficult to say, or that remain opaque despite this will to be clear and explain…’

We joined Glenn Ligon in his studio as he prepared for his Fall exhibitions in Switzerland and New York. Presenting new work for the first time in six years, the exhibitions mark his debut with the gallery, and are accompanied by a new Hauser & Wirth publication titled ‘Glenn Ligon: Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work,’ featuring Ligon’s own documentation of his studio and practice, offering a glimpse into the way the artist sees his work and understands his process. Conceived by Ligon, this artist book focuses on the past four years, tracing the trajectory of his artmaking and intimately chronicling the development of paintings, neons, and works on paper, as well as time spent in his studio spaces and other personal moments.

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Studio view, 'Glenn Ligon: In the Studio', Brooklyn, New York, 2021 © Glenn Ligon/ Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Alex Munro
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Installation view, ‘Glenn Ligon. It’s Always a Little Bit Not Yet’, Hauser & Wirth, New York, 2021 © Glenn Ligon. Photo: Alex Munro

See ‘It’s Always a Little Bit Not Yet’ through 23 December at Hauser & Wirth New York 22nd Street.