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Black & White

1993 Byron Kim Born: La Jolla, California 1961 Glenn Ligon Born: New York, New York 1960 oil on wood panels overall: 43 × 71 in. (109.2 × 180.3 cm) each panel: 10 × 8 in. (25.4 × 20.3 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the C.K. Williams Family Foundation, Pamela K. and William A. Royall, Jr., Jane and James H. Cohan, Mihail Lari and Scott Murray, Aimee and Robert Lehrman, Home Front Communications, and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment © 1993, Byron Kim and Glenn Ligon 2014.16A-FF Smithsonian American Art Museum
3rd Floor, East Wing


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Black & White is a collaboration between Byron Kim and Glenn Ligon, both of whom were struck by the limited pink-white range of "flesh-colored" paint available in art stores. In response, Kim, who is Korean American, painted eight panels of the pinkish flesh tones and Ligon, who is African American, painted eight panels using various black pigments. Arranged in an austere grid, Black & White elegantly undermines racial privilege.

Keywords

Abstract - geometric

painting

About Byron Kim

Born: La Jolla, California 1961

About Glenn Ligon

Born: New York, New York 1960

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