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Runaways

Artist:
Glenn Ligon (American, born New York, New York, 1960)
Date:
1993
Medium:
Lithographs, edition 41/45
Dimensions:
Each: H. 16, W. 12 inches (40.6 x 30.5 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Gift of The Peter Norton Family Foundation, 1998
Accession Number:
1998.456.1a-k
Not on view
The stylized figures and descriptive texts in these prints resemble the classified ads that were placed by nineteenth-century slave owners. Like the originals, they contain information that could assist in identifying a runaway slave, including physical characteristics, personality traits, and clothing. Here, however, Ligon himself is the subject of the ads and the descriptions are provided by his friends. As with much of his work, he creates a paradox between the impersonal advertisements for lost "property" and the autobiographical information given.
Inscription: Each signed and numbered (across bottom): 41/45 Glenn Ligon '93
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Provocative Visions: Race and Identity–Selections from the Permanent Collection," August 19, 2008–March 22, 2009, no catalogue.

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