biographical article in Oxford Art Online.
Glenn Ligon : America / Scott Rothkopf
Afro modern : journeys through the Black Atlantic
Archive fever : uses of the document in contemporary art / Okwui Enwezor
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Search ARTstor for Glenn Ligon, but NOTE: the first couple of pages are actually photos by Robert Mapplethorpe. The explanation follows: Ligon's contribution to the 1993 Biennial, Notes on the Margin’s of the "Black Book," was his first work to deal with an explicitly gay theme. In it, Ligon juxtaposes Robert Mapplethorpe’s nude black men with a wide range of textual commentaries, including those of artists, politicians, Christian commentators, queer theorists, and drag queens. Ligon multiplies voices within Notes, not in order to create a happy plurality of diverse perspectives but to reveal how Mapplethorpe's black male nudes function as a cultural screen onto which both fears and fantasies are projected. Rather than situating Mapplethorpe's work as either a positive image or a negative stereotype of black sexuality, Ligon directs our attention to the ways the Black Book functions as a symbolic battleground on which conflicting claims--about race, desire, disease, art, and freedom--are registered.