Untitled (Malcolm X) – 2008
Glenn Ligon – American
Acrylic, vinyl based paint, and graphite on paper mounted on fiberboard
Untitled (Malcolm X) is the result of a workshop Glenn Ligon conducted. He presented children with 1970s-era coloring books that had an agenda — to “normalize images of Black Americans to make them part of history. But to a 3-year-old, none of that matters,” he recalls. Eyeshadow, blush, and lipstick on the man once deemed the most dangerous in America by the New York City Police Department may seem transgressive, but the irreverence intrigued Ligon. He silkscreened the image onto canvas, then faithfully painted the Muslim minister, activist, and black nationalist leader just as the child colored him.
“Eyeshadow, blush, and lipstick on the man once deemed the most dangerous in America by the New York City Police Department” ~ this is why you have to love the mind of a child 🙂 As the Dao de Jing states, the goal is to return to the mind of a child and with the state of the world these days and this post, it makes sense. Cheers to a great autumn.
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Thanks and cheers to you as well! 🙂
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