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Robert Longo: The Threat Is Real

Robert Longo: The Threat Is Real

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Robert Longo is best known for his “Men In The Cities” series. In these stark images, men and women contort themselves in various positions against a white background. Their business attire is vaguely indicative of status: they look as though they are bankers, lawyers or politicians. They appear cold and urbane, while their movements feel as if they are being wounded, or abused. We, the viewers, somehow do not seem to mind.

The figures of this series are iconic for Longo, and for the Pictures Generation of artists that he is associated with. They are cinematic, almost balletic. This makes sense, given Longo’s explorations as a director of feature films and music videos for bands such as R.E.M. and New Order. Over the years, Longo’s “Men In The City” images have been used to make silent statements in films like “American Psycho.” One of the prints Longo published with Brooke Alexander (Arena Brains, 1986) was chosen for the cover of Anthony Burgess’ book A Clockwork Orange. 

Image: Robert Longo "Frank and Glen"

Robert Longo
Edmund, 1981
Charcoal on paper
108 x 59 7/8 in. (274.3 x 152.1 cm)

Robert Longo

Arena Brains, 1986

Color lithograph printed on Rives BFK paper

44 x 29 in. (111.8 x 73.7 cm)

Edition of 75

“Does God want goodness or the choice of goodness? Is a man who chooses to be bad perhaps in some way better than a man who has the good imposed upon him?”

 


― Anthony Burgess, "A Clockwork Orange"

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Robert Longo
Frank & Glenn, 1991
Color lithograph
37 1/2 x 55 in. (95.3 x 140 cm)

Edition of 38
 

Robert Longo

Strong in Love (Yellow), 1989-1991 
Black and white photo etching with aquatint and yellow roll
28 1/2 x 44 in. (72.4 x 111.8 cm)
Edition of 15

Robert Longo
Black Flag Monotype, 1999 
Cast paper and black dye
31 x 34 x 6 in. (78.7 x 86.3 x 15.2 cm)
Monotype

Robert Longo
Solid Vision, 1989
Lithograph with woodcut collage printed on Arches paper
52 1/2 x 38 in. (133.4 x 96.5 cm)
Edition of 42

Robert Longo, Men In The Cities Photographs, Frank and Glen

Robert Longo, Men In The Cities Photographs, Edmund

Robert Longo
Jules, 1982-83 
Two color lithograph with embossment
36 1/2 x 21 in. (92.7 x 53.3 cm)
Edition of 45

Robert Longo
Mark, 1982-83
Two color lithograph with embossing
36 1/2 x 21 in. (92.71 x 53.34 cm)
Edition of 45

Robert Longo
Edmund, 1985
Three color lithograph printed from aluminum plates
68 x 39 in. (172.7 x 99.1 cm)
Edition of 38

Robert Longo
Body Of A Comic (Clown Bank), 1989
Screenprint and lithograph
41 x 29 3/8 in. (104.1 x 74.4 cm)
Artist Proof

Robert Longo

Robert Longo is a major American artist known for his large format charcoal drawings, as well as for his work in printmaking, film, video, music and photography. At the core of Longo’s imagery is the nature of threat. Through his work the artist seeks out, documents and explores those things in life that can harm us, but in a way that balances their power with their beauty. His subjects have ranged from animals to weapons of war to Nature itself.

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