Welcome to Culture Type®

An essential resource focused on visual art from a Black perspective, Culture Type explores the intersection of art, history, and culture

Posts tagged "Glenn Ligon"
Assassinated 50 Years Ago, Malcolm X's Powerful Image and Message Still Resonate

Assassinated 50 Years Ago, Malcolm X’s Powerful Image and Message Still Resonate

  FIFTY YEARS AGO TODAY, Malcolm X was assassinated at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem. To pay tribute to her father, Ilyasah Shabazz wrote an essay published in the New York Times titled “What Would Malcolm X Think?” In the article, she recounts the outspoken leaders’s strategies for gaining civil rights for Black Americans and...
Artforum Asks Artists, Critics and Curators to Name the Best of 2014

Artforum Asks Artists, Critics and Curators to Name the Best of 2014

WHAT MAKES AN EXHIBITION exceptional? For artist Glenn Ligon, it must be “rigorous, challenging, and beautifully installed” and it really registers if it causes him to self reflect. “A good exhibition is one that makes me reconsider my own practice,” he says in Artforum. The magazine’s December “Best of 2014” issue takes a look back...
Holiday Gift Guide 2014: A Curated Selection for the Art Lovers on Your List

Holiday Gift Guide 2014: A Curated Selection for the Art Lovers on Your List

GIVE THE GIFT OF ART. Many highly regarded artists are designing functional art objects that would make perfect gifts for the art lovers on your list. Culture Type has assembled more than a dozen fabulous finds that fit any budget and would thrill family, friends and even the most scrutinizing art collectors. Who wouldn’t want...
Assessing the Fall Contemporary Auctions in New York

Assessing the Fall Contemporary Auctions in New York

ALL THAT STANDS BETWEEN YOU and owning works by some of the most highly regarded artists practicing today is the wave of a paddle. Major auction houses are staging their fall contemporary sales this week. Works by El Anatsui, Chris Ofili, Mickalene Thomas and Glenn Ligon are up for consideration. Bidding is underway already with...
At Sotheby's, $3.9M White Text Painting Sets Glenn Ligon Record

At Sotheby’s, $3.9M White Text Painting Sets Glenn Ligon Record

IT WAS THE FIRST LOT OF THE NIGHT, a white-on-white text painting by Glenn Ligon. Originally executed in 1990 and repainted in 2003, “Untitled (I Was Somebody)” opened Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction and sold for more than $3.9 million, according to sales results. The price was well over twice the estimate of $1 million...
Today is Election Day, Vote with Your Art

Today is Election Day, Vote with Your Art

ACROSS THE COUNTRY TODAY, voters are casting ballots in the mid-term elections. Congressional seats, state offices and local initiatives, including arts funding, are up for consideration. Nationwide, President Obama’s handling of ISIS and Ebola is overshadowing fundamental economic issues, though politics remains mostly local. The most competitive states where outcomes will determine the balance of...
Jazz Musician Jason Moran Freestyles with Visual Artists

Jazz Musician Jason Moran Freestyles with Visual Artists

  EARLIER THIS YEAR, LUHRING AUGUSTINE announced the addition of Jason Moran to its roster. Why would a jazz pianist and composer join a tony New York art gallery? Moran was appointed artistic director for jazz at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in May 2014. He teaches at the New England...
The Week in Black Art | May 10-16, 2014

The Week in Black Art | May 10-16, 2014

  A REVIEW OF THE WEEK’S NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS IN THE ART WORLD Featuring Yams Collective, Thomas J. Lax, Christian Rosa and contemporary auction results   Yams Collective Pulls Out of Whitney Biennial As the final days of the Whitney Biennial approach, a race-related kerfuffle has emerged. The Yams, (shown above) a collective of 38...
Art Agenda | May 11-17, 2014

Art Agenda | May 11-17, 2014

  MUST-SEE EXHIBITION openings and interesting talks and appearances happening this week in black art:   Through May 31, 2014 Cullen Washington Jr. Exhibition at B2OA | New York For its inaugural exhibition, B2OA gallery is featuring a series of new abstract collage and assemblage works by Cullen Washington Jr. According to the gallery release,...
Billboards to Advertise Museum Art this Summer

Billboards to Advertise Museum Art this Summer

  THIS SUMMER, BILLBOARDS boasting images by artists Glenn Ligon, Jacob Lawrence or Kerry James Marshall may give your road trip an unexpected dose of culture. Across the nation, the huge elevated outdoor billboards that usually advertise soft drinks, automobiles and the latest reality show, will be “marketing” art selected from museums across the United...
'Art Studio America': Glenn Ligon Makes Those Text Paintings in an Old Canning Factory

‘Art Studio America’: Glenn Ligon Makes Those Text Paintings in an Old Canning Factory

WHEN YOU EXPERIENCE AN ARTIST’S WORK at a museum or gallery, do you wonder where it all came from? Where it was imagined, conceptualized and created? “Art Studio America: Contemporary Artist Spaces” answers these questions in spades, taking readers inside the studios of 116 artists from the West Coast to Chicago and New York and...