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Glenn Ligon (American, b.1960)
LOT ID: 81099
Self-Portrait at Nine Years Old (James Brown), 2008

Pochoir / Stencil, Stenciled linen pulp painting on pigmented cotton base sheet.
12 х 12 in. (30.48 x 30.48 cm.)
Signed, dated '08', lower right; numbered '19/25', lower left
Print/Casting Year 2008
Edition 19/25
Foundry/Publisher Dieu Donné Papermill, New York
Lot description
In "Self-Portrait at Nine Years Old (James Brown)," Ligon addresses the issues with identity he struggled with in his youth. The artist has identified the work as a self-portrait, however, it is an actually a portrait of the "Godfather of Soul," James Brown. Ligon writes, "Remember when you loved a pop star so much that you wanted to look like them, sing like them, be like them? That’s what [these] self portraits are about."
Self-Portrait at Nine Years Old (James Brown) by Glenn Ligon
  • Self-Portrait at Nine Years Old (James Brown) by Glenn Ligon
  • Self-Portrait at Nine Years Old (James Brown) by Glenn Ligon
  • Self-Portrait at Nine Years Old (James Brown) by Glenn Ligon
  • Self-Portrait at Nine Years Old (James Brown) by Glenn Ligon
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