Selected Monographs:



Ligon, Glenn, Untitled (America)/Debris Field/Synecdoche/ Notes for a Poem on the Third World, published by Regen Projects, Los Angeles, 2019



Bordowitz, Gregg, Glenn Ligon: Untitled (I am a Man), published by Afterall Books, London, UK, 2018

Bordowitz, Gregg and Sara Nadal-Melsió, Glenn Ligon: Debris Field/Notes for a Poem on the Third World/Soleil Nègre, published by Galerie Chantal Crousel, and Is-Land edition, Paris, France, 2018



Ligon, Glenn, and Fred Moten, Blue Black, published by Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St. Louis, MO, 2017



Glenn Ligon: Negro Sunshine, published by Rat Hole Books, Tokyo, Japan, 2016

Ligon, Glenn, Housing in New York: A Brief History, published by MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY, 2015



Ligon, Glenn, Glenn Ligon: A People on the Cover, published by Ridinghouse, London, UK, 2015

Bordowitz, Gregg, Alex Farquharson, Glenn Ligon, and Francesco Manacorda, Glenn Ligon: Encounters and Collisions, published by Tate Publishing, London, UK, 2015



Ratner, Megan, Glenn Ligon: Come Out, published by Ridinghouse, London, UK, 2014



Moran, Jason, Glenn Ligon: Neon, published by Luhring Augustine, New York, NY, 2013



Rothkopf, Scott, Glenn Ligon: America, published by Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, 2011

Ligon, Glenn, and Scott Rothkopf, eds., Yourself in the World, published by Yale University Press, New Haven, CT and London, UK, 2011



Koestenbaum, Wayne, Glenn Ligon: Figure, published and organized by Yvon Lambert, Paris, France, 2008



Glenn Ligon: Unauthorized, published by Bill Hodges Gallery, New York, NY, 2007



English, Darby, Wayne Baerwaldt, Huey Copleand and Glenn Ligon, Glenn Ligon: Some Changes, published by The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada, 2005



Littman, Brett, Glenn Ligon: Circa 1971, ’72, or ’73, published by Dieu Donné Papermill, New York, NY, 2004

Gaines, Malik, Text Paintings 1990-2004, published by Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA, 2004



Als, Hilton, and Glenn Ligon, Stranger, published by Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY, 2001

Koestenbaum, Wayne, Coloring: New Work by Glenn Ligon, published by Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, 2001



Lahs-Gonzales, Olivia, Currents 81: Glenn Ligon, published by Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO, 2000



Golden, Thelma, Patrick Murphy, and Richard Meyer, Glenn Ligon: Unbecoming, published by the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA, 1998

Arning, Bill, Glenn Ligon 98.1, published by ArtPace, A Foundation for Contemporary Arts, San Antonio, TX, 1998



Garrels, Gary, and John S. Weber, Glenn Ligon: Day of Absence, published by San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA, 1997

Glenn Ligon: Runaways, published by Samuel Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 1997

Kotik, Charlotta, The Evidence of Things Not Seen: Drawings by Glenn Ligon, published by The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY, 1997



Glenn Ligon: New Work, published by San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA, 1996



Glenn Ligon, published by Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA, 1995



Rosenzweig, Phyllis, Glenn Ligon: To Disembark, published by Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D. C., 1993



Ligon, Glenn, Good Mirrors Are Not Cheap, published by Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, New York, NY, 1992

Miller-Keller, Andrea, Glenn Ligon/Matrix 120, published by Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT, 1992


Selected Catalogues and Publications:



James, Ashley, ed., Going Dark: The Contemporary Figure at the Edge of Visibility, published by Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, 2023, pp. 166 – 169 [ill.]

O’Connell, Lauren R., Language in the Time of Miscommunication, published by Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ, pp. 76 – 77 [ill.]



De Blois, Jeffrey, Ruth Erickson, eds., To Begin Again: Artists and Childhood, published by Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA, and DelMonico Books, New York, NY, 2022, pp. 21, 64 – 65, 198 [ill.]

Berger, Doris, and Rhea L. Combs, eds., Regeneration: Black Cinema, 1898–1971, published by Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, Los Angeles, CA and DelMonico Books, New York, NY, 2022, pp. 38 – 39 [ill.]



Pedrosa, Adriano, and Tomás Toledo, eds., Afro-Atlantic Histories, published by DelMonico Books, New York, and Museu de Arte São Paulo, 2021, pp. 110, 325 [ill.]

Grynsztejn, Madeleine, and Elina Kountouri, eds., Portals, published by NEON, Athens, Greece, 2021, pp. 304 – 305 [ill., cover]

Roberts, Deborah, Darren Walker, Heather Pesanti, and Eddie Chambers, Deborah Roberts: I'm, published by The Contemporary Austin, Austin, TX, 2021, pp. 17 [ill.]

Delahunty, Gavin, ed., Psychic Wounds: On Art and Trauma, published by MW Editions, New York, NY, and The Warehouse, Dallas, TX, 2021, pp. 240 – 241 [ill.]

Keith, Naima J., and Diana Nawi, et al., Prospect.5 New Orleans: Yesterday we said tomorrow, published by Rizzoli Electa, New York, NY, and Prospect New Orleans, New Orleans, LA, 2021, pp. 112 – 115 [ill.]



Demirdjian, Tiqui Atencio, For Art's Sake: Inside the Homes of Art Dealers, published by Rizzoli, New York, NY, 2020, p. 228 [ill.]

Keegan, Matt, 1996, published by Inventory Press and New York Consolidated, 2020, pp. 72 – 73 [ill.]

Enwezor, Okwui, ed., Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America, published by Phaidon, New York, NY, 2020, pp. 146 – 147, 176 – 177 [ill.]

Sargent, Antwaun, ed., Young, Gifted and Black: A New Generation of Artists, published by Distributed Art Publishers, Inc., New York, NY, 2020

Chambers, Eddie, The Routledge Companion to African American Art History, published by Routledge, Abingdon, UK, 2020

Elstob, Isobel, "The End Is the Beginning and Lies Far Ahead," Traces and Memories of Slavery in the Atlantic World, Routledge, Abingdon, UK, 2020, pp. 233 – 248

Beckwith, Naomi, Valerie Steele, Ekow Eshun, Valerie Steele, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, and Thelma Golden, Duro Olowu: Seeing, published by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and Prestel, 2020

Corcoran, Sean and Chrissie Iles. Marco Anelli: Artist Studios New York, published by Damiani, 2020



Matthew, Lydia, Silvia Rocciolo, and Eric Stark, I Stand in My Place with My Own Day Here, published by The New School, New York, NY, 2019, pp. [ill., cover]

Bedford, Christopher and Katy Siegel, Generations: A History of Black Abstract Art, The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection, published by the Baltimore Museum of Art, Balitmore, MD, 2019

English, Darby and Charlotte Barat, Among Others: Blackness at MoMA, published by Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, New York, NY, 2019

Mukherjee, Roopali, Sarah Banet-Weiser and Herman Grey, eds., Racism Postrace, published by Duke University Press, Durham, NC, 2019

Cann, Tyler, Anastasia Kinigopoulo, and Drew Sawyer, Art after Stonewall, 1969-1989, published by Rizzoli, New York, NY, 2019, p. 185 [ill.]



Hanru, Hou, ed., The Street. Where the World Is Made, published by MAXXI – the National Museum of XXI Century Arts, Rome, Italy, 2018, p. 274 [ill.]

Cullinan, Nicholas, Michael Jackson: On the Wall (French Edition), published by National Portrait Gallery Publishing, London, UK, and Réunion des Musées Nationaux-Grand Palais, Paris, France, 2018, pp. 15, 72 [ill.]

Boris, Stacy, ed., Art AIDS America Chicago, published by Alphawood Foundation, Chicago, IL, 2018

Cafritz, Peggy Cooper, Fired Up! Ready to Go! Finding Beauty, Demanding Equity: An African American Life in Art, published by Rizzoli Electa, New York, NY, 2018

Naeem, Asma, Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now, published by Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C., 2018

Pedrosa, Adriano, and Tomás Toledo, eds., Historias Afro-Atlanticas: Vol. 1 Catalog, published by Tomie Ohtake Institut, and Museu de arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubrian, São Paulo, Brazil, 2018, pp. 81, 366 [ill.]

Atkins, Katherine, and Kelly Kivland, eds., Artists on Andy Warhol, essay “Warhol’s ‘Shadows’” by Glenn Ligon, published by Dia Art Foundation, New York, NY, pp. 52 – 87 [ill.]

Prasad, Prerona, and Elisa Schaar, eds., Do I Have to Draw You a Picture?, published by The Heong Gallery at Downing College, Cambridge, UK, 2018, pp. 79 – 83 [ill.]

Tani, Ellen Y., Second Sight: The Paradox of Vision in Contemporary Art, published by Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick ME, and Scala Arts Publishers, Inc., New York, NY, 2018, pp. 2, 39 [ill.]



Gaines, Malik, Black Performance on the Outskirts of the Left: A History of the Impossible, published by New York University Press, New York, NY, 2017

Coppel, Stephen, Catherine Daunt, and Susan Tallman, The American Dream: pop to the present, published by the British Museum, and Thames and Hudson, London, UK, 2017

Manné, Jamie G., ed., and Jamin An, Unpacking: The Marciano Collection, published by The Maurice and Paul Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles, CA, and Prestel, New York, NY, 2017, pp. 134 – 139 [ill.]



English, Darby, 1971: A Year in the Life of Color, published by University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL, 2016

Hoffmann, Jens, Let There Be (More) Light, published by Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2016 p. 23 [ill.]

Martin, Courtney J., ed., Four Generations: The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection of Abstract Art, published by Gregory R. Miller & Co., New York, NY, 2016, pp. 162 – 169 [ill.]

Cornell, Lauren, and Tom Eccles, eds., Invisible Adversaries, published by CCS Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, 2016

Evans, Dorinda, Kathleen Merrill Campagnolo, Anne Collins Goodyear, Jonathan Frederick Walz, This Is a Portrait If I Say So, published by Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, ME, and Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 2016

Frantz, David Evans, Lucas Hilderbrand, and Kayleigh Perkov, Cock, Paper, Scissors, published by ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, CA, and Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York, NY, 2016



Beckwith, Naomi, and Dieter Roelstraete, The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now, published by University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL, 2015

Hushka, Rock, and Jonathan David Katz, Art AIDS America, published by Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA, and University of Washington Press, Seattle, WA, 2015, pp. 219 – 220 [ill.]

Murray, Derek Conrad, Queering Post-Black Art: Artists Transforming African-American Identity After Civil Rights, published by I.B.Tauris, New York, NY, 2016 [ill., cover]

Hurst, Ellen, ed., Art in Embassies, published by United States Embassy, Madrid, Spain, 2015, pp. 48 – 49 [ill.]

Cozzi, Leslie, Clare Elliott, and Allegra Pesenti, Apparitions: Frottages and Rubbings from 1860 to Now, published by Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA, and Menil Collection, Houston, TX, 2015, pp. 18, 48 – 49, 68 [ill.]

Hochdörfer, Achim, David Joselit, and Manuela Ammer, eds., Painting 2.0: Expression in the Information Age, published by Prestel, Munich, Germany, 2015

Beck, Chelsea, The Broad Collection, published by The Broad, Los Angeles, CA, and Prestel, New York, NY, 2015, pp. 2 – 3, 106 – 109 [ill.]

Blessing, Jennifer, Body of Art, published by Phaidon, London, UK, 2015, p. 221 [ill.]

Adjaye, David, Jeffrey Deitch, and Massimiliano Gioni, New Skin: Selections from the Tony Salame Collection, published by Skira Rizzoli, Milan, Italy, 2015

Fairbrother, Trevor, Katherine Hart, John T. Kirk, John O'Reilly, Michael R. Taylor, and James Tellin, Collecting and Sharing: Trevor Fairbrother, John T. Kirk, and the Hood Museum of Art, published by Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, NH, 2015

Enwezor, Okwui, All the World's Futures: 56 International Art Exhibition. La Biennale di Venezia, published by Marsilio Editori, Venice, Italy, 2015

Writers Respond: Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim, published by Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, 2015

Miller, Dana, and Adam D. Weinberg, Whitney Museum of Art: Handbook of the Collection, published by Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, and Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 2015, pp. 231 – 232 [ill.]

Wolin, Joseph R., ed., Open This End: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Blake Byrne, published by The Skylark Foundation, Los Angeles, CA, 2015

Schwartz, Alexandra, Come As You Are: Art of the 1990s, published by University of California Press, Oakland, CA, 2015

Baker, George, Ann Goldstein, Michael Maltzan, and Shaun Caley Regen, Regen Projects 25, published by Prestel, New York, NY, 2015



Gaitán, Juan, 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, published by Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern, Germany, 2014

Rankine, Claudia, Citizen An American Lyric, published by Graywolf Press, Minneapolis, MN, 2014

Dexter, Emma, Björn Scherlippens, Vincent Verbist, and Walter Vanhaerents, Man in the Mirror, published by Lannoo Publishing, Tielt, Belgium, 2014

Powell, Richard J., and Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, Represent: 200 Years of African American Art, published by Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA, 2014

Macel, Christine, ed., A History. Art, Architecture, Design from the 1980s Until Today, published by Centre Pompidou, Flammarion, Paris, France, 2014

Somos Libres II: Opere Dalla Collezione di Mario Testino, published by Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli, Torino, Italy and Rizzoli, New York, NY, 2014

Burton, Johanna, and Anne Ellegood, Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology, published by Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA, and Prestel, New York, NY, pp. 114 – 115, 146 – 147, 171 [ill., back cover]



Copeland II, Huey Gene, Bound to Appear: Art, Slavery, and the Site of Blackness in Multicultural America, published by The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL, 2013

Lord, Catherine and Richard Meyer, Art & Queer Culture, published by Phaidon, London, UK, 2013

Corbett, John, and Glenn Ligon, Sun Ra + Ayé Aton: Space, Interiors and Exteriors, 1972, published by PictureBox, Brooklyn, NY, 2013

Raengo, Alessandra, On the Sleeve of the Visual: Race as Face Value, published by Dartmouth College Press, Hanover, NH, 2013

Reimer, Karen and Hamza Walker, Black Is, Black Ain’t, published by The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2013

Gioni, Massimiliano, ed., NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set Trash and No Star, published by New Museum, New York, NY, 2013



Urbanelli, Elisa, ed., Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years, published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, 2012

Rugoff, Ralph, Invisible: Art About the Unseen 1957-2012, published by Hayward Publishing, London, UK, 2012

Simpson, Bennett, ed., Blues for Smoke, essay “The Wire and the Blues” by Glenn Ligon, published by Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 2012

Self Portrait, published by Rosendahls, Esbjerg, Denmark, 2012

Journal of Contemporary African Art, essay “Glenn Ligon’s America” by Susanna Newbury, published by Duke University Press, Durham NC, Fall 2012 

Burton, Joanna, Jeffrey Deitch, James Meyer, and Scott Rothkopf, The Painting Factory: Abstraction after Warhol, published by Skira Rizzoli, New York, NY, July 2012



Hoffmann, Jens, and Adriano Pedrosa, eds., Untitled (12th Istanbul Biennial), 2011, published by Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, Istanbul, Turkey, 2011, p. 256 [ill.]

Birnbaum, Daniel, Connie Butler, Suzanne Cotter, Bice Curiger, Okwui Enwezor, Massimiliano Gioni, Bob Nickas, and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Defining Contemporary Art - 25 years in 200 pivotal artworks, published by Phaidon Press Limited, London, UK, 2011, pp. 92-93

Koestenbaum, Wayne, Humiliation, published by Picador, New York, NY, 2011

Touré, Who’s afraid of Post-Blackness?: What It Means to Be Black Now, published by Free Press, New York, NY, 2011

Tieken, Nancy, Focus: The Figure, Art from the Logan Collection, published by Denver Art Museum on the occasion of the exhibition, Denver, CO, 2011, pp. 60 – 61

Wilson, Michael, ed., Contemporary Art in North America,  published by Black Dog Publishing, London, UK, 2011, pp. 96 – 99

Jones, Kellie, EyeMinded, published by Duke University Press, Durham, NC and London, UK, 2011, p. 309 [ill.]



Katz, Jonathan D. and David C. Ward, Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture, published by Smithsonian Books, Washington, D.C., 2010, [ill.]

Barrett, Terry, Making Art: Form and Meaning, published by McGraw-Hill, New York, NY, 2011, p. 141 [ill.]

Cooke, Lynne and Douglas Crimp, Mixed Use, Manhattan: Photography and Related Practices, 1970s to the Present, published by the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain, 2010

Desai, Dipti, Hamlin, Jessica & Mattson, Rachel, History as Art, Art as History, published by Routledge, New York, NY, 2010, pp. 10, 157 [ill.]

Desire, published by the Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX, 2010, pp. 40 – 41 [ill.]

Scott, Darieck, Extravagant Abjection, published by New York University Press, New York, NY, 2010, [ill., cover]



Beckwith, Naomi, 30 Seconds Off an Inch, published by The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY, 2009

Evans, David, Appropriation, published by Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK and The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2009

Rattemeyer, Christian, Compass in Hand: Selections from the Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection, published by Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, 2009

Hobbs, Robert, Glenn Ligon, Franklin Sirmans, and Michele Wallace, 30 Americans, published by Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL, 2009, pp. 102 – 113 [ill.]



The 7th Gwangju Biennale, published by Gwangju Biennale Foundation, Gwangju, South Korea, 2008, pp. 216 – 219 [ill.]

Roberts, Rebbeca, MoMA: Highlights Since 1980, published by Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, 2008, p. 67 [ill.]

Heartney, Eleanor, Art & Today, published by Phaidon, London, UK, 2008, pp. 226 – 227, 229 [ill.]



Davidson, Susan, Art in America: 300 Years of Innovation, published by Merrell, London, UK, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, and Terra Foundation for American Art, Chicago, IL, 2007

English, Darby, How to See A Work of Art in Total Darkness, essay “Painting Problems,” published by The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2007, pp. 200 – 254

Pasternak, Anne, Michael Brenson, and Ruth A Peltason, Creative Time: The Book: 33 Years of Public Art in New York, published by Princeton Architectural Press, New York, NY, 2007

Fast Forward: Contemporary Collections for the Dallas Museum of Art, published by the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas, 2007, p 317 [ill.]

Contemporary Drawings From an Alumna's Collection (Martin Yamin, Class of 1958), published by the Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, 2007, pp. 66, 67 [ill.]



Ellipse Foundation: Contemporary Art Collection, published by Ellipse Foundation Contemporary Art Collection, Cascais, Portugal, 2006, [ill.]

Richer, Francesca, and Matthew Rosenzweig, eds., No. 1: First Works by 362 Artists, published by D.A.P., New York, NY, 2006, pp. 220 – 221, [ill.]

Pedrosa , Adriano, Romance (a novel), published by Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, Lisbon, Portugal, 2006, pp. 40 – 41 [ill.]

Decter, Joshua, Dark Places, published by Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA, 2006, p. 11 [ill.]



Mahon, Alyce, Eroticism & Art, published by Oxford University Press, New York, NY, 2005, pp. 253 – 254 [ill.]

Kantor, Jordan, Drawing from the Modern, 1975 – 2005, published by Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, p. 128 [ill.]

Cassel Oliver, Valerie, and Franklin Sirmans, Double Consciousness: Black Conceptual Art Since 1970, published by The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX, p. 44 [ill.]

Baume, Nicholas, Getting Emotional, published by Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Boston, MA, 2005, pp. 124 – 125

Linkages & Themes in the African Diaspora: Selections from the Eileen Harris Norton and Peter Norton Art Collections, published by the Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA, 2005, p. 26 [ill.]



Nash, Mark, Experiments with Truth, published by The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA, 2004, pp. 56 – 59 [ill.]

Dennison, L. & Spector, N., Singular Forms (Sometimes Repeated): Art from 1951 to the Present, published by Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, p. 158 [ill.]

Grynsztejn, Madeleine, Supernova: Art of the 1990s from the Logan Collection, published by San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA, 2004



Ross, Lauren, Fast Forward: 20 Years of White Rooms, 1983-2003, published by White Columns, New York, NY, 2003

Spector, Nancy, et al., Moving Pictures: Contemporary Photography and Video from the Guggenheim Museum Collections, published by Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, 2003

Tannenbaum, Judith and Marion Boulton Stroud, On the Wall: Wallpaper and Tableau, published by The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA, 2003



Maschmann, Werner, Documenta11_Platform 5: Exhibition, published by Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern, Germany, 2002, pp. 78 – 79 [ill.]
Enwezor, Okwui, Documenta 11_ Platform5: The Catalog, published by Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern, Germany, 2002, pp. 388 – 391 [ill.]



"The Autonomy of Color, and the Centerless World." Painting at the Edge of the World, published by Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, 2001, pp. 93 – 112

Morsiani, Paola, Subject Plural: Crowds in Contemporary Art, published by Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX, 2001



Decter, Joshua, Auto Werke, published by Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern, Germany with support by BMW Financial Services North America, [ill.]



Negotiating Small Truths, essay "Glenn Ligon" by Annette DiMeo Carlozzi, published by Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas, Austin, TX, pp. 70 – 75 [ill.]

Life Cycles, essay "Memento Vivere," Published by Galerie fur Zeitgenossische Kunst, Leipzig, Germany, 1999

English, Darby, Question Marks and Futures Already Alive: Glenn Ligon and Kara Walker, Together for the First Time, published by Brent Sikkema Gallery, New York, NY, 1999



Sobel, Dean and Ackerman, Marc J., Identity Crisis: Self-Portraiture at the End of the Century, published by Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI, 1997

Future, Present, Past, essay “Artist Page” by Glenn Ligon, published by 47th Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy, 1997



Ross, David A., Tsai, Eugenie and Drucker, Joanna, Art at the End of the 20th

Century: Selections from the Whitney Museum of American Art, published by Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, 1996

Snyder, Jill, In The Flesh, published by Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT, 1996

Jurassic Technologies Revenant, essay "Embodiments" by Lynne Cooke, published by Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, 1996

Decter, Joshua, Screen, Videocassette, published by Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York, NY, 1996

Spahr, P. Andrew, Wolf, Tom and Storr, Robert, Community of Creativity: A Century of Mac Dowell Colony Artists, published by New England University Press, Hanover, NH, 1996

Wye, Deborah, Thinking Print: Books to Billboards 1980-1995, published by Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, 1996

Boxer: An Anthology of Writings on Boxing and Visual Culture, essay “Skin Tight” by Glenn Ligon, published by The Institute of International Visual Arts, London, UK, 1996

Prospect '96, essay “Red Portfolio” by Glenn Ligon, published by Frankfurt Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany, 1996



Bailey, David A. and Mercerf, Kobena, Mirage: Enigmas of Race, Difference and Desire, published by Institute of Contemporary Arts and Institute of International Visual Arts, London, UK, 1995

XI Mostra da Gravura Cidade de Curitiba, essay "African Diasporas: Glenn Ligon and Fortunato Lopes da Silva" by, Paulo Herkenhoff, published by XI Mostra da Gravura Cidade de Curitiba, Curitiba, Brazil, 1995

Sobel, Dean, 25 Americans: Painting in the 90s, published by Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI, 1995

The Masculine Masquerade: Masculinity and Representation, essay “A Feast of Scraps” by Glenn Ligon, published by MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 1995, pp. 89 – 99 [Ill.]



The Art Book, published by Phaidon, New York, NY, 1994, p. 328 [ill.]

Castleberry, May and Jay, Ricky, The Magic Magic Book, published by Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, 1994

Decter, Joshua, Don't Look Now, published by Thread Waxing Space, New York, NY, 1994

Fairbrother, Trevor, The Label Show: Contemporary Art and the Museum, published by Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, MA, 1994

Black Male: Representations of Masculinity in Contemporary American Art, published by Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, 1994

Krane, Susan, ed., Equal Rights and Justice published by High Museum of Art and the National Black Arts Festival, Atlanta, GA, 1994

Transformers: The Art of Multiphrenia, essay "Transformation Aesthetics" by Ralphm Rugoff, published by Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, 1994

Dark O'Clock, essay "Em Baixo Do Pano, Tudo Pode Acontecer: Glenn Ligon's Snapshots” by Kendall Thomas, published by Museu de Arte Moderna de Sao Paulo and Plug In, Inc., Sao Paulo, Brazil and Winnipeg, Canada, 1994



"What's White...?" 1993 Biennial Exhibition, published by Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, 1993

Oliva, Achille Bonito, Krim, Mathilde, and Taylor, Elizabeth, Drawing the Line Against AIDS, published by American Association for AIDS Research, New York, NY, 1993

Schaffner, Ingrid, Simic, Charles, and Caws, Marianne, The Return of the "Cadavre Exquis”, published by The Drawing Center, New York, NY, 1993



Dream Singers, Story Tellers: An African-American Presence, essay "The Pressure of Voices" by Michael Brenson, published by New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ, 1992

Colpitt, Frances and Plous, Phyllis, Knowledge: Aspects of Conceptual Art, published by University Art Museum, Santa Barbara, CA, 1992

Doubletake: Collective Memory and Current Art, essay "The Site of Memory", published by The South Bank Centre, London, UK, 1992

Rose, Bernice, Allegories of Modernism: Contemporary Drawings, published by Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, 1992

Solomon-Godeau, Abigail, Mistaken Identities, published by University of California Art Museum, Santa Barbara, CA, 1992



Armstrong, Richard, Hanhardt, John G., Marshall, Richard and Phillips, Lisa, 1991 Biennial Exhibition, published by Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, 1991

Jones, Kellie and Sokolowski, Tom, Interrogating Identity, published by Grey Art Gallery and Study Center, New York University, New York, NY, 1991


Selected Articles and Reviews:



Brougerolle, Marie de. "Post Noir.” Flash Art (Fall 2022) pp. 42, 43 [ill.]

Miranda, Carolina. “Tomorrow Is Today.” The New York Review of Books vol. 69, no. 8 (May 12, 2022) pp. 26 – 28 [ill.]



Ligon, Glenn and Lorna Simpson. “Lorna Simpson and Glenn Ligon on Finding Meaning as You’re Making It.” Interview Magazine (December 6, 2021) [ill.] [online]

Battaglia, Andy. “The Defining Artworks of 2021.” ARTnews (December 6, 2021) [ill.] [online]

Brown, Kate. “‘Artists Imagine That Museums Are Brave—They’re Not’: Glenn Ligon on His New Show, Philip Guston, and How Institutions Can Do Better.” Artnet News (November 18, 2021) [ill.] [online]

Rubinstein, Raphael. “Glenn Ligon with Raphael Rubinstein.” The Brooklyn Rail (November 2021) pp. 36 – 41 [ill., cover]

O’Grady, Megan. “The Greats: Glenn Ligon.” T: The New York Times Style Magazine (October 17, 2021) pp. 91 – 97 [ill., cover]

Schjeldahl, Peter. “Mastering Sorrow.” The New Yorker (March 1, 2021) pp. 74 ­– 75 [ill.]

Cotter, Holland. “Black Grief, White Grievance: Artists Search for Racial Justice.” The New York Times (February 19, 2021) pp. C8 – C9 [ill]

Smee, Sebastian. “A searing, all-star art show explores Black grief from the civil rights era to now,” The Washington Post (February 17, 2021) [online]

Sayej, Nadja. “Grief and grievance: how artists respond to racial violence in America.” The Guardian (February 4, 2021) [ill.] [online]



BMW Culture Group. “Power 100.” ArtReview (December 2020) [ill.] [online]

“Art Industry News: Artist Glenn Ligon Reveals His Latest Work, About a Never-Ending Election Day + Other Stories.” Artnet News (November 5, 2020) [ill.] [online]

Ligon, Glenn. “Aftershock: Glenn Ligon.” Artforum (November 4, 2020) [ill.] [online]

Lobel, Michael. “Post Modern: Michael Lobel on Art and the United States Postal Service.” Artforum (October/ November 2020) p. 79

“Artists Envision a New Kind of Political Poster.” W Magazine (October 22, 2020) [ill.] [online]

Smee, Sebastian. "Some of America's best Black artists are joining forces for a show about Black grief — conceived by a legendary curator who died last year," The Washington Post (October 6, 2020) [online]

Dafoe, Taylor. “Before He Died, Curator Okwui Enwezor Conceived an Exhibition About Black Grief. It’s Set to Debut at the New Museum Next Year.” Artnet News (October 6, 2020) [ill.] [online]

Kenney, Nancy. “Fulfilling a legendary curator’s vision, New Museum will present an exhibition on grief in black communities.” The Art Newspaper (October 6, 2020) [online]

Grant, Alphonso Walter. “How it feels to be BLACK ME: Black Masculinities and Sexualities in Black Visual Culture.” Studies in Art Education: A Journal of Issues and Research in Art Education vol. 61, Issue 3 (September 2020) [ill.] pp. 240 – 253

Perkins, William. “The Exquisite Experience of Color: Glenn Ligon.” Office Magazine (June 17, 2020) [online]

Scott, Andrea K. “2020Solidarity Posters.” The New Yorker (June 2020) [online]

Chambers, Veronica and Jennifer Harlan. “First Inklings of Fame.” The New York Times (May 22, 2020) [online]

Barris, Kenya, et al. “The African-American Art Shaping the 21st Century: Kenya Barris on Glenn Ligon.” The New York Times (March 19, 2020) [ill.] [online]

Cotter, Holland. "Walls of Influence From Mexico.” The New York Times (February 21, 2020) pp. C11, C14 [ill.]

Rodney, Seph. “In Baltimore, Generations Traces a Lineage of Abstraction Among Black Artists.” Hyperallergic (January 17, 2020) [online]

“VIA Art Fund Awards more than $1 Million to 2019 Grantees.” Artforum (January 8, 2020) [online]



Searle, Adrian and Jonathan Jones. “Top 20 art exhibitions of 2019.” The Guardian (December 15, 2019) [ill.] [online]

Murphy, Blair. “Best of 2019: Our Top 20 United States Art Shows.” Hyperallergic (December 12, 2019) [ill.] [online]

De Brugerolle, Marie. “Post-performance Painting.” Mousse Magazine no. 66 (Winter 2019) pp. 266 – 275

Smith, Roberta. “Black Art Has Its Moment, Finally.” The New York Times (November 26, 2019) [online]

Gipson, Amarie. “At MCA Chicago, Captivating Collection Show Celebrates Blackness Through American History.” ARTnews (October 15, 2019) [ill.] [online]

O’Grady, Megan. “Cash, Credit or Painting? How, and Why, Artists Exchange Work.” T Magazine (October 8, 2019) [ill.] [online]

Ligon, Glenn. “On my Mind: Paul Mpagi Sepuya.” Foam Magazine no. 54 (2019) p. 7

Searle, Adrian. “‘It’s hard not to panic’ – Istanbul Biennial targes waste, greed, garbage and gorgons.” The Guardian (September 18, 2019) [online]

Gehlawat, Monika. “Strangers in the Village: James Baldwin, Teju Cole, and Glenn Ligon.” James Baldwin Review vol. 5 (September 2019) pp. 48 – 72.

Peck, Aaron. “Reframing the Black Model at the Musée d’Orsay.” The New York Review of Books (June 22, 2019) [ill.] [online]

Ligon, Glenn, et. al. “Okwui Enwezor 1963 – 2019.” Artforum (Summer 2019) pp. 218 – 225 [ill.]

Taft, Catherine. “Glenn Ligon: Regen Projects.” Artforum (April 2019) p. 201 [ill.] 

Ligon, Glenn. “Ed Clarke: An Appreciation by American Artist Glenn Ligon.” Luncheon Magazine no. 17 (Spring / Summer 2019) pp. 108 – 165.

Copeland, Huey. “A Seat at the Table.” October no. 168 (Spring 2019) pp. 63 – 78

Edim, Glory. “The magic of ‘Magical Negro’.” TIME (February 4 – 11, 2019) p. 98
Yiadom-Boakye, Lynette. “The ’00s: Glenn Ligon’s ‘Warm Broad Glow’.” Frieze Issue 200 (January/February 2019) p. 155 [ill.]
Higgie, Jennifer. Frieze no. 200 (January/February) p. 155

Miranda, Carolina. “Datebook: Los Angeles on canvas, neon installation and light-bending sculpture.” Los Angeles Times (January 10, 2019) [ill.] [online]
Whyte, Murray. “At the ICA, Jason Moran plays a different tune.” The Boston Globe (January 3, 2019) [online]



Andrews, Max. “Picture Industry: A Provisional History of the Technical Image.” Frieze (December 20, 2018) [ill.] [online]

Watson-Donald, Meghan. "A Private View.” Art Basel Miami Beach (December 2018) pp. 86 ­­– 92 [ill.]

Prugh, Brian. “Blue Black: Glenn Ligon // Pulitzer Arts Foundation.” The Seen Issue 5 (2018) pp. 30 – 35 [ill.]

Easter, Makeda. “Hammer Gala raises $2.6 million, honors Margaret Atwood and Glenn Ligon for their socially engaged works.” Los Angeles Times (October 15, 2018) [ill.] [online]

Cole, Teju. “Resist, Refuse.” The New York Times Magazine (September 8, 2018) [ill.] [online]

Schwendener, Martha. “‘Dialogues: Tim Rollins and K.O.S. & Glenn Ligon’.” The New York Times (July 6, 2018) p. C17

Luciano-Adams, Beige. “The Broad Invites You on ‘A Journey That Wasn’t’.” LA Weekly (July 3, 2018) [ill.] [online]

Tan, Ken. “Making the Transformative Power of Words Concrete.” Hyperallergic (July 3, 2018) [ill.] [online]

“What Kind of Art Does an Artist Like?.” T: The New York Times Style Magazine (June 18, 2018) [ill.] [online]

Vankin, Deborah. “Margaret Atwood and Glenn Ligon to be honored by the Hammer Museum.” Los Angeles Times (May 10, 2018) [ill.] [online]

Harris, Gareth. “New territory for Glenn Ligon with first solo show in Italy.” The Art Newspaper (May 1, 2018) [ill.] [online]

Cotter, Holland. “Where the Dream Is Always Alive.” The New York Times (April 1, 2018) pp. 14 – 15 [ill.]



Simpson, Lorna. “The Artists’ Artists.” Artforum (December 2017) pp. 64, 73 [ill.]

Smith, Roberta. “Why Obamas’ Choices Matter.” The New York Times (October 17, 2017) pp. C1 – C2 [ill.]

Rosenfeld, Jason. “BLUE BLACK: Curated by Glenn Ligon.” The Brooklyn Rail (September 7, 2017) [ill.] [online]

Trouillot, Terence. “Glenn Ligon’s Group Show ‘Blue Black’ Explores the Dramatic Tension of Race and Color in America.” Artnet News (August 24, 2017) [ill.] [online]

Cotter, Holland. “Colors That Unite and Divide.” The New York Times (August 11, 2017) pp. C11, C14 [ill.]

Green, Tyler. “No. 299: Glenn Ligon, Florine Stettheimer.” The Modern Art Notes Podcast (July 27, 2017) [ill.] [online]

Sargent, Antwaun. “The Many Shades of Glenn Ligon’s ‘Blue Black’.” Hyperallergic (July 23, 2017) [ill.] [online]

Ligon, Glenn. “Questionnaire: Glenn Ligon.” frieze (July 20, 2017) [ill.] [online]

Luckett, Kilolo. “Painting St. Louis Black and Blue.” CityLab (July 19, 2017) [ill.] [online]

Wilson, Calvin. “'Blue Black' at Pulitzer Arts Foundation offers unlimited possibilities.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch (June 9, 2017) [ill.] [online]

Sheets, Hilarie M. “Speaking Through Colors.” The New York Times (June 4, 2017) p. 24 [ill.]

Ligon, Glenn. “Summer Reading.” Artforum (Summer 2017) p. 83 [ill.]

Atallah, Lara. “Critics’ Picks: The Intricacies of Love.” Artforum (March 31, 2017) [online]

Thorpe, Vanessa. “From pop art to the present: the dreams that shaped America.” The Guardian (March 4, 2017) [ill.] [online]

Sheets, Hilarie M. “Where History and Friends Are Inspirations.” The New York Times (January 27, 2017) p. C18 [ill.]



Sussman, Elisabeth. “Mission Statements: Elisabeth Sussman on the 1933 Whitney Biennial.” Artforum (Summer 2016) pp. 135 – 136 [ill.]

Bailey, Jason. “Glenn Ligon Deconstructs Richard Pryor’s Stand-Up.” Hyperallergic (April 4, 2016) [ill.] [online]

“Art: Glenn Ligon.” The New Yorker (March 28, 2016) p. 13

Cotter, Holland. “Looking Anew Through a Comic’s Lens.” The New York Times (January 22, 2016) pp. C19, C27 [ill., cover]



Best, Stephen. “Come and Gone.” Small Axe (November 2015) pp. 186 – 204 [ill.]

Cooke, Lynn. “Glenn Ligon: Encounters and Collisions.” Artforum (November 2015) pp. 29 – 295 [ill.]

Nelson, Solveig. “The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now.” Artforum (November 2015) pp. 298 – 299

Rosen, Miss. “Books | Glenn Ligon: A People on the Cover.” Crave (October 18, 2015) [ill.] [online]

Diehl, Travis. “Critics’ Picks: Glenn Ligon.” Artforum (October 2, 2015) [ill.] [online]

Sumpter, Helen. “Glenn Ligon: Encounters and Collisions.” ArtReview Vol. 67 No. 6 (September 2015) p. 152 [ill.] 

Ligon, Glenn. “My 10 Favorite Books: Glenn Ligon.” The New York Times Style Magazine (August 28, 2015) [ill.] [online]

Grant, Simon. “Inside My Head: An Interview with Glenn Ligon.” Momus (August 14, 2015) [ill.] [online]

Frank, Peter. “Going In: Glenn Ligon (March 14 – April 18).” Fabrik (Issue 28, 2015) pp. 110 – 111 [ill.]

Ligon, Glenn. “Notes on a Performance by Kellie Jones.” Triple Canopy (August 6, 2015) [ill.] [online]

Valentine, Victoria L. “Willie Cole, Glenn Ligon, Kerry James Marshall and Hank Willis Thomas Featured in Season 2 of Met Museum’s Artist Project.” Culture Type (June 23, 2015) [ill.] [online]

Ligon, Glenn. “The Rest is Silence: The Art of Agnes Martin.” Artforum (Summer 2015) p. 278 [ill.]

Russeth, Andrew. “World On Fire”. ARTnews (Summer 2015) pp. 102 – 106 [ill.]

O’Toole, Sean. “Reviews: 56th Venice Biennale.” frieze (June – August 2015) pp. 166 – 167 [ill.]

Crow, Kelly. “Broad New World.” The Wall Street Journal Magazine (June 2015) p. 81 [ill.]

“Portraits of 21 Artists in the Broad’s Art Collection.” The Wall Street Journal (May 26, 2015) [ill.] [online]

“Initial Contemplations: Glenn Ligon’s For Comrades and Lovers.” The New School Free Press (May 12, 2015) [ill.] [online]

“Glenn Ligon Unveils “Comrades and Lovers” at The New School.” The New School News (May 6, 2015) [ill.] [online]

Kuo, Michelle. “Global Entry.” Artforum (May 2015) pp. 85 – 90 [ill.]

Hicklin, Aaron. “Last Chance To See Glenn Ligon at Regen Projects.” Out Magazine (April 16, 2015) [ill.] [online]

Forrest, Nicholas. “Glenn Ligon on His “Encounters and Collisions” in Nottingham.” Blouin Artinfo (April 10, 2015) [ill.] [online]

Waters, Florence. “Encounters and Collisions: Glenn Ligon looks back on history in his latest, exploratory exhibition.” Wallpaper* Magazine (April 7, 2015) [ill.] [online]

Patterson, Mark. “Art review: Glenn Ligon - Encounters and Collisions, Nottingham Contemporary.” Nottingham Post (April 7, 2015) [ill.] [online]

Farquharson, Alex. “Glenn Ligon: ‘My ideal museum’.” Christie’s (April 2, 2015) [ill.] [online]

Gorman, Rachel. “Barack Obama-endorsed artist Glenn Ligon opens 'personal museum' at Nottingham Contemporary.” Nottingham Post (April 2, 2015) [ill.] [online]

Knight, Christopher. “Review: Glenn Ligon explores race in America.” The Los Angeles Times (March 27, 2015) [ill.] [online]

Jefferson, Cord. “Making Black Lives Matter: A timely look at an urban police force’s track record in investigating black homicides.” Bookforum (February-March 2014) cover, pp. 9 [ill. cover]

Farago, Jason. “’Obama said to me: Oh yea, I have a set of your prints’.” The Guardian (February 4, 2015) pp. 16 – 18 [ill.]

Campbell, Andrianna. “Glenn Ligon.” Artforum (June 5, 2015) [ill.] [online]

Baumgardner, Julie. “In England, Glenn Ligon Brings Together the (American) Works that Have Influenced Him.” The New York Times Style Magazine (June 30, 2015) [ill.]



King, Daniella Rose. “Glenn Ligon: Call and Response.” Art Monthly no. 382 (December–January 2014) pp. 26 – 27

Spence, Rachel. “Glenn Ligon Interview.” Financial Times (October 17, 2014)

Pobric, Pac. “Glenn Ligon – The Same, But Different.” The Art Newspaper XXIII, no. 260 (September 2014) pp. 52 – 53.

Duguid, Hannah. “Glenn Ligon: When Barack Obama is Your Biggest Fan.” The Independent (March 11, 2014) [ill.] [online]



Ligon, Glenn. “Thomas is a Trip.” Artforum (November 2013) pp. 226 – 232

Wei, Lilly. “Glenn Ligon - Luhring Augustine.” ARTnews 112, no. 2 (February 2013) p. 89

Gale, Nikita. “Q+A: Glenn Ligon Explores Sources, Influences, Racial Politics of His Text-Based Abstractions.” ArtsATL (January 7, 2013)



Vogel, Carol. “National Gallery of Art Acquires Glenn Ligon Painting.” The New York Times (November 16, 2012) p. C28

Ligon, Glenn. “Media Study: Glenn Ligon.” Artforum (September 2012) p. 505 [ill.]

Kantor, Jordan. “The Painting Factory.” Artforum 50, no. 9 (May 2012) p. 158

Sander, Bob Ray. “Artist Glenn Ligon uses inspiration from authors to create exhibit at Modern.” Star-Telegram (February 18, 2012)

Robinson, Gaile. “Glenn Ligon’s halftime show at the Modern.” Star-Telegram (February 11, 2012)



Taylor, Sue. “Representing Race.” Art In America (November 2011) p. 41 – 44

Knight, Christopher. “‘Glenn Ligon: America’ at LACMA.” The Los Angeles Times (October 25, 2011) p. D1

Pendleton, Adam. “Glenn Ligon and Adam Pendleton: Site of Engagement.” Flash Art (July – September 2011) pp. 84 – 88

Kurczynski, Karen. “Drawing Is the New Painting.” Art Journal (Spring 2011) pp. 92 – 110

Maltz-Leca, Leora. “Glenn Ligon.” Frieze (Summer 2011) p. 196

Meyer, James. “Glenn Ligon.” Artforum (Summer 2011) pp. 390 – 393 

Berwick, Carly. “Stranger in America.” Art in America (May 2011) pp. 120 – 131

Freedman, Alex. “Disembarking: Christina Knight on ‘Glenn Ligon: America.’” Art21 Blog (April 14, 2011)

Sheets, Hilarie M. “The Writing on the Wall.” ARTnews (April 2011) pp. 86 – 91

Gopnik, Blake. “Don’t Ask Him About Race.” Newsweek (March 28 & April 4, 2011) p. 78

Budick, Ariella. “Glenn Ligon, Whitney Museum, New York.” Financial Times (March 23, 2011)

Schjeldahl, Peter. “Unhidden Identitites.” The Newyorker (March 21, 2011) pp. 76 – 77

Cotter, Holand. “Messages That Conduct an Electric Charge” The New York Times (March 11, 2011) pp. C19, C22 [ill.]

Vogel, Carol. “The Inside Story on Outsiderness.” The New York Times (February 27, 2011) p. AR1 [ill.]

Copeland, Huey. “Glenn Ligon and Other Runaway Subjects.” representations 113 (Winter 2011) pp. 73 – 110



Ligon, Glenn. “Kelly Walker’s Negro Problem.” Parkett No. 87 (2010) pp. 78 – 87

Lehrer-Graiwer, Sarah. “Glenn Ligon: Regen Projects.” Artforum XLVIII, No. 7 (March 2010) pp. 255 – 256 [ill.]

Campagnola, Sonia. “Glenn Ligon: Regen Projects- Los Angeles.” Flash Art Vol. XLIII, No 271 (March – April 2010) p. 117 [ill.]

Drogin, David. “Glenn Ligon Interview.” Museo Issue XIV (2010)

Thorne, Sam. “Afro Modern.” Frieze (April 2010) pp. 112 – 113 [ill.]

Row, D.K. “Beauty Amid the Upheaval.” The Oregonian (February 22, 2010) p. B4 – B5



Erickson, Peter. “Black Like Me: Reconfiguring Black Face in the Art of Glenn Ligon and Fred Wilson.” Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art no. 25 (Winter 2009) pp. 30 – 47

Knight, Christopher. “Rage concealed yet in plain view.” The Los Angeles Times (December 25, 2009) pp. D20 – D21 [ill.]

Drohojowska-Philp, Hunter, “Artist’s White House vote,” The Los Angeles Times (December 11, 2009) pp. D, D16, D17 [ill.]

Vogel, Carol. “A Bold and Modern White House.” The New York Times (October 7, 2009) p. A13

Moran, Jason. “Glenn Ligon.” Interview Magazine (July 2009) pp. 82 – 85 [ill.]

Coburn, Tyler. “Glenn Ligon: I Am.” Art Review Issue 29 (January/February 2009) pp. 56 – 65 [ill.]

Ligon, Glenn. “To Miss New Orleans.” ArtForum (January 2009) pp. 168 – 171 [ill.]



Cieply, Michael and Barnes, Brooks. “Art Fair as Outlet Mall at Art Basel Miami Beach.” New York Times (December 6, 2008) pp. C1, C8 [ill.]

Copeland, Huey. “The Blackness of Blackness.” ArtForum (October 2008) pp. 151 – 154 [ill.]

Goddard, Peter. “Films Future Gets the Silent Treatment.” TheStar (September 13, 2008)

Davies, Jon. “The Living Ghosts of US History.” Xtra (September 11, 2008)

Bedford, Christopher. “Glenn Ligon: Regen Projects II.” Artforum 46, no. 5 (January 2008) pp. 288 – 89



Knight, Christopher. “Around The Galleries: Stencil Work a Nod to Richard Pryor.” (November 30, 2007) p. E30 [ill.]

Machida, Nico. “Degrees of Enchantment.” artslant (November 4, 2007) [ill.]

Jentleson, Katherine. “Los Angeles: Black Humor.” Art + Auction (October 2007) p. 60 [ill.]

Ligon, Glenn. “My Felix.” Artforum (Summer 2007) pp. 125 – 128 [ill.]

Koestenbaum, Wayne and Glenn Ligon. “Hotel Blues.” Modern Painters (May 2007) pp. 72 – 79 [ill.]

Nichols, Matthew Guy. “Ligon's Color Theory.” Art In America (March 2007) pp. 154 – 159, 189 [ill.]



Smith, Roberta. “Menace, Glitter and Rock in Visions of Dystopia.” The New York Times (December 29, 2006) pp. B37, B42 [ill.]

Stocchi, Francesco. “Glenn Ligon: Thomas Dane.” Artforum (November 3, 2006) [ill.]

Meyer, Richard. “Light It Up, or How Glenn Ligon Got Over.” Artforum (May 2006) pp. 240 – 247 [ill., cover]

Bezzubov, Sasha. “In the Studio: Glenn Ligon.” Art + Auction (January 2006) pp. 40 – 44 [ill.]



Lynn, Victoria. “Glenn Ligon.” ArtReview (October / November 2005) p. 126 [ill.]

Sandals, Leah. “Glenn Ligon.” Flash Art (October 2005) pp. 126 – 7  [ill.]

Milroy, Sarah. “Black on White: and Brilliant All Over.” Globe and Mail (July 5, 2005) p. R1 [ill.]

Goddard, Peter. “More Thought than Shock.” Toronto Star (June 30, 2005) p. G5 [ill.]

Demos, T.J. "'Experiments with Truth'." Artforum (February 2005) p. 167

Jana, Reena. “Self-Portrait as Stevie Wonder.” Art on Paper (January/February 2005) pp. 38 – 9 [ill.]



Knight, Christopher. “Around The Galleries: The canvas speaks volumes.” The Los Angeles Times (October 8, 2004) p. E20

Ligon, Glenn. “David Hammons and the Poetics of Emptiness.” Artforum (September 2004) pp. 242 – 249 [ill.]

Woodward, Richard B. “Battleground Art Revisiting the Culture Wars in Cincinnati.” The New York Times (September 5, 2004) p. 24, AR

Pollack, Barbara. “What Lies Beneath.” Time Out NY (January 1 – 8, 2004) p. 52 [ill.]

Pollack, Barbara. “Glenn Ligon at D’Amelio Terras.” Art in America. (May 2004) pp. 153 – 154 [ill.]

Burton, Johanna. “Glenn Ligon: D’Amelio Terras.” Artforum (March 2004) p. 184 [ill.]



“Glenn Ligon.” The New Yorker (December 22 & 29, 2003) p. 34

Cotter, Holland. “Cameras As Accomplices, Helping Race Divide America Against Itself.” The New York Times (December 19, 2003) p. E37 [ill.]

Firmin, Sandra. “Review.” Art Papers (November – December 2003) pp. 48 – 49 [ill.]

Gopnik, Blake. “Art and Race, Making a Memorable Appearance.” The Washington Post (April 6, 2003) p. G1 [ill.]

Mirapaul, Matthew. “Artists Cast a Wary but Interested Eye on the Web.” The New York Times (March 31, 2003) p. E4



Parker, Ian. “Golden Touch: In Harlem, Thelma Golden Has Big Plans for Contemporary Art.” The New Yorker (January 14, 2002) pp. 44 – 49



Schwabsky, Barry. “Glenn Ligon.” Artforum (October 2001)

Honigman, Ana. “Glenn Ligon.” Flash Art (July – September 2001) p. 121

Morgan, Robert C. “Glenn Ligon.”  Tema Celeste (Summer 2001) p. 90

Foret, Claire. “Glenn Ligon's Full Up and Byron Kim's Emptied Out.”  NY Arts Magazine (June 2001) p. 79

Firstenberg, Lauri. “Neo-Archival and Textual Strategies: An Interview with Glenn Ligon.” Art Journal (Spring 2001) pp. 42 – 47

“Glenn Ligon.” The New Yorker (May 28, 2001) p. 25

Smith, Roberta. “Glenn Ligon.” The New York Times (May 18, 2001) p. E30

Smith, Roberta. “Glenn Ligon – Colored.” The New York Times (May 11, 2001) p. E35



Smith, Roberta. “Conceptual Art: Over, And Yet Everywhere.” The New York Times (April 25, 1999)



Koestenbaum, Wayne. “Best of 1998.”  Artforum (December 1998) pp. 100 – 101

Cotter, Holland. “Stories About Race, Politics, and Himself.” The New York Times (February 1, 1998) pp. 48 – 49 [ill.]



Haye, Christian. “Sweet Nothings.” Frieze (September – October 1997) p. 81

Meyer, Richard. “Glenn Ligon: The Limits of Visibility.” Art + Text (August – October 1997) pp. 32 – 35

Ligon, Glenn. “Study for Frankenstein #1 (Study #2).” New Observations (Spring l997)

Schwabsky, Barry. “Glenn Ligon, Brooklyn Museum.” Artforum (January 1997)



Izdat, Sam.  “Glenn Ligon.” Poliester (Winter 1996 – 97)

Cotter, Holland. “The Evidence of Things Not Seen: Drawings by Glenn Ligon.” The New York Times (October 18, 1996)

Gaines, Charles. “Hotter Than July.” Art + Text (October 1996) p. 84

Tate, Greg. “Bring the Word.” Village Voice (September 17, 1996)

Davies, Suzanne and Lynne Cooke. “The Biennale Explained.” Art Monthly (September 1996) pp. 7 – 9

Conner, Kimberly Rae. “To Disembark: The Slave Narrative Tradition.” African American Review (May 1996) pp. 35 – 57

Colby, Joy Hakanson. “Ligon's 'autobiography' packs a powerful punch.”  Detroit News (April 18, 1996)

Green, Roger. “Metaphor, Meaning in Slave Symbols.” Ann Arbor News (April 27, 1996)

Schjeldahl, Peter. “Screenery.” Village Voice (February 13, 1996) p. 77

Smith, Roberta. “Screen.” The New York Times (February 2, 1996)

Aukeman, Anastasia. “Glenn Ligon at Max Protetch.” Art in America (February 1996)

Schwendener, Martha. “Glenn Ligon, Max Protetch.” Flash Art (January – February 1996)



Thorson, Alice. “Boxes of Blackness.” Kansas City Star (December 10, 1995)

“Glenn Ligon.” The New York Times (November 3, 1995)

Burchard, Hank. “Angry Voices, Angry Times, So-So Art.” Washington Post  (October 20, 1995) p. 60

“Choices.” Village Voice (October 18, 1995)

Levin, Kim. “Art Short List.” Village Voice (October 18, 1995)

Halle, Howard. “Glenn Ligon, Photos and Notes.” Time Out New York (October 18 – 25, 1995)

Brody, Jackie. “Glenn Ligon, Skin Tight (1995).” Print Collector's (September – October 1995)

McQuaid, Cate.  “Boxed In: Glenn Ligon talks about Ali, Tyson, and O.J.” Boston Phoenix (September 15, 1995)

Masterson, Piers. “Boxer.” Art Monthly (September 1995) pp. 34 – 35

Craddock, Sacha. “Around the Galleries.” Times (August 8, 1995)

Sladen, Mark. “Black on Black.” Art Monthly (July – August 1995) pp. 13 – 15

“Glenn Ligon.” The New Yorker (July 31, 1995)

Kent, Sarah. “Body Politic.” Time Out London (May 24 – 31, 1995) p. 49

Muschamp, Herbert. “If They Built a Memorial to the War in the Streets.” “Memorial” by Glenn Ligon. New York Times Sunday Magazine (April 9, 1995)

Nusbaum, Eliot. “Ligon Show Spotlights Art's 'Human Toll.’” Des Moines Register (January 29, 1995)

Cork, Richard. “Bigotry Trounced in Show of Wit.” Times of London (1995)

De Brugerolle, Marie. “Get the Picture?.” Document (1995)



Ligon, Glenn. “Narratives.” Yale Journal of Criticism (Summer 1994)

Ligon, Glenn. “Artist Page.” Publicsfear (Summer 1994)

Ligon, Glenn. “Artist Page.” Documents (Summer 1994)

Sundell, Margaret. “On Passing.” Documents (Summer 1994)

Converse, Elizabeth. “Possible Identities.” Artweek (May 19, 1994) pp. 24 – 25

McEvilley, Thomas. “Dream Singers, Story Tellers.” Artforum (March 1994)

Ligon, Glenn. “Artist Page.” Bomb (February 1994)

“Glenn Ligon, Narratives (1993),” The Print Collector's Newsletter   (January – February, 1994) p. 226



Pagel, David. “'Everyday' Art.” The Los Angeles Times (December 30, 1993)

“Smart Stuff Of One Self.” The Washington Post (November 26, 1993) p. 73

Lewis, Jo Ann. “Self-Portrait of the Artist as a Young Black Man.” The Washington Post (November 14, 1993)

Myles, Eileen. “Prints of Words.” The Print Collector's Newsletter (September – October 1993) pp. 132 – 135

“A 24-Hour-a-Day Show on Gaudy, Bawdy 42nd Street.” The New York Times (July 30, 1993)

Smith, Roberta. “A 24-Hour-a-Day Show on Gaudy, Bawdy 42nd Street.” The New York Times (July 30, 1993)

Hagen, Charles. “When All of New York Is a Gallery to Browse.” The New York Times (June 13, 1993)

Rugoff, Ralph. “Panic in the Tower: Who's Afraid of the Whitney.” LA Weekly (May 7, 1993)

Myers, Terry R. “Never Yell 'Fire!' in a Crowded Whitney Biennial.” New Art Examiner (May 1993)

Cottingham, Laura. “The Pleasure Principal.” Frieze (May 1993)

“Glenn Ligon, Untitled (Two White/Two Black) (1992).” Print Collector's Newsletter (March – April, 1993)

Smith, Roberta. “At the Whitney, a Biennial with a Social Conscience.” The New York Times (March 5, 1993)



Johnson, Ken. “Glenn Ligon at Max Protetch Gallery.” Art in America (November 1992) p. 131

“Ligon.” Interview with Matrix 120. The Wadsworth Atheneum Bulletin (Autumn 1992)

McNally, Owen. “Beyond Black and White.” Hartford Courant (August 31, 1992)

“Choices.” Village Voice (August 11, 1992)

Aletti, Vince. “Choices.” Village Voice (May 26, 1992)

Gillick, Liam. “Doubletake.” Art Monthly (March 1992) p. 14 – 15

Alemayehu, Louis, Susan Robeson, David Mura, Don Belton, Nancy Roth, Sal Salerno, and Patrice Koelsch. “Feature.” Artpaper  (February 1992) pp. 13 – 15

Knight, Christopher. “An Ambitious Collection of Conceptualism.” The Los Angeles Times (January 11,1992)



Conley, Kevin. “The Painted Word.” Departures (December 1991 – January 1992)

Harrison, Helen. “Skin Pigmentation as a Determinant of Attitudes.” The New York Times (December 1, 1991)

Suznobu, Yoshi. “The Art of Quotation.” Marie Claire (Japanese edition) (September 1991)

Temin, Christine. “Interrogating Identity': The View from 'Outside.'” Boston Globe (August 13, 1991)

“The Art of Questioning Identity.” Boston Globe (August 4, 1991)

Larson, Kay. “Interrogating Identity.” New York Magazine (July 29, 1991) p. 50

Smith, Roberta. “‘Lack of Location is My Location’,” The New York Times (June 16, 1991) [ill.]

Nesbitt, Lois. “Interrogating Identity.” Artforum (Summer 1991) p. 115

“Choices.” Village Voice (June 18, 1991)

“Lack of Location is My Location.” The New York Times (June 16, 1991)

Harris, Patty. “Artists and 'Minority Identity.'” Downtown (May 29, 1991) pp. 22 – 23A

“Interrogating Identity.” The New York Times (May 17, 1991)

“Interrogating Identity.” The New Yorker (April 29, 1991)

“A Shock to the System.” New York Magazine (April 29, 1991)

Kimmelman, Michael. “At the Whitney, a Biennial That's Eager to Please.” The New York Times (April 19, 1991)

“Choices.” Village Voice (April 16, 1991)

Ligon, Glenn. “Profiles.” Third Text (Spring 1991)

Ligon, Glenn. “Insert.” Parkett (1991)



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