Neon Art

Reflecting on the Nation

The Daily Pic: Glenn Ligon's neon refuses to shed light.

12.28.12 9:09 PM ET

A lovely, subtle new piece called “Double America”, from Glenn Ligon’s show of neon at Luhring Augustine in New York. The work’s complexities – bright neon almost obscured with black paint; America as a near, but flawed, reflection of itself – make it a nice metaphor for the complex balance of success and failure that marks the nation’s polity and culture, including in the field of race. What seems legible, isn’t.

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