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    [Untitled] (Cancellation Prints)

    Glenn Ligon’s work, known for its stenciled quotes, often blends reportage, words, and images in ways that challenge traditional classification. The artist explores issues surrounding race, sexuality, politics, and representation. In 2003 he discovered that one of his earlier print projects, featuring text from the author Zora Neale Huston’s 1928 essay “How It Feels to Be Colored Me,” had not been cancelled by the printer. Cancellation of a series (by marking the plates with an X) ensures that no unauthorized copies of an artist’s work are executed. For Untitled (Cancellation Prints), Ligon himself cancelled the plates by drawing large drypoint Xs on them but then authorized an edition from them. The artist stated, “Cancelled but present, new but haunted by the ghosts of their earlier meanings, the prints speak to the mutability of questions of racial identity and a shift in the cultural context in which the original works were received.”

    • Artist: Glenn Ligon, American, born 1960
    • Printer: Gregory Burnet (of Burnet Editions)
    • Medium: Hardground, softground, aquatint and spit bite etching with drypoint
    • Dates: 1992-2003
    • Dimensions: Sheet: 28 1/4 x 20 in. (71.8 x 50.8 cm) Image: 24 x 15 3/4 in. (61 x 40 cm)  (show scale)
    • Signature: Each signed and dated lower right in graphite: "Glen Ligon '03
    • Collections:Contemporary Art
    • Museum Location: This item is not on view
    • Accession Number: 2003.60a-b
    • Edition: Edition: 4/15 Edition of 15 with 5 aps
    • Credit Line: Robert A. Levinson Fund and gift of Dr. and Mrs. Frank L. Babbott, by exchange
    • Rights Statement: © Glenn Ligon, Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York, Regen Projects, Los Angeles
    • Caption: Glenn Ligon (American, born 1960). [Untitled] (Cancellation Prints), 1992-2003. Hardground, softground, aquatint and spit bite etching with drypoint, Sheet: 28 1/4 x 20 in. (71.8 x 50.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Robert A. Levinson Fund and gift of Dr. and Mrs. Frank L. Babbott, by exchange, 2003.60a-b. © Glenn Ligon, Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York, Regen Projects, Los Angeles
    • Image: component, a, 2003.60a.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2003
    • Catalogue Description: Diptych
    • Record Completeness: Best (86%)
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