melvin edwards in 'glenn ligon: encounters and collisions’ at tate liverpool, UK

30 June 2015
Texan-born sculptor Melvin Edwards has work included in 'Glenn Ligon: Encounters and Collisions' which tours to Tate Liverpool from Nottingham Contemporary where it opened in April. Glenn Ligon is one of the most significant American artists of his generation. Each of his works is a dialogue with other works of art, literature or culture. They relate, in particular, to American history, black experience and sexuality. For this exhibition he has brought together the work of 45 major artists - many of them referred to in his art or writing - from the late 1940s to the present day.

Ligon has chosen works by the major figures in Postwar American art including the celebrated Abstract Expressionists Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline and Philip Guston. Key figures from the subsequent American art movements of the 60s and 70s, from Pop art and Minimalism to Conceptual art and performance, include Cy Twombly, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Richard Serra, Bruce Nauman, David Hammons and Adrian Piper. Important American artists of Ligon's own generation are also featured, such as Cady Noland, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Robert Gober, David Wojnarowicz, Byron Kim, Zoe Leonard and Lorna Simpson. Like Ligon, their work often deals with the shifting experience of American identity, examining loaded questions around language, power, race, gender and sexuality.

Glenn Ligon: Encounters and Collisions is a partnership between Nottingham Contemporary and Tate Liverpool curated by Glenn Ligon, in dialogue with Alex Farquharson, Director, Nottingham Contemporary, and Francesco Manacorda, Artistic Director, Tate Liverpool. The opening in Liverpool coincides with Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots.

The exhibition runs from 30 June until 18 October 2015.

Melvin Edwards at Tate Liverpool.