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Robert Longo

Men in the Cities, 2 pieces, 1990

Three Color Lithograph on Arches paper
40 × 26 in
101.6 × 66 cm
This is part of a limited edition set.
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Miami Beach, New York, Beverly Hills, London
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Excellent
Signature
Hand-signed by artist, Each is hand signed, dated '90 lower right, annotated 'IV' & 'V' lower center margin and numbered 18/48 lower left …
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Publisher
Derriere L'Etoile Studios, New York City.
Image rights
Seibu Department Stores Ltd., Tokyo. Printed at Derriere L'Etoile Studios, New York City.
Robert Longo
American, b. 1953
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Robert Longo burst onto the New York art scene as a brash 25-year-old with “Men in the Cities,” his iconic 1983 large-scale charcoal drawings of businessmen posing in uncanny contortions. “I always imagine that I want to make art that is going to kill you,” he said in 1984. “Whether it’s going to do it visually or physically, I’ll take either way.” Longo works and reworks his charcoal into thick-textured surfaces, giving his velvety drawings deep, blackened expanses and sharply contrasting whites; his forms are at once representational and softly elusive. Having been fascinated with popular culture as a child, Longo centers his practice on transposing images and the resulting transformation of meaning, linking him with the Pictures Generation. “An artist should know art history,” he says. “Shock value only lasts so long.” His recent works have included series depicting women in burkas, ocean waves, nuclear explosions, views of Sigmund Freud’s apartment, and zoo animals in cages.

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About the work
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Hand-signed by artist, Each is hand signed, dated '90 lower right, annotated 'IV' & 'V' lower center margin and numbered 18/48 lower left …
Certificate of authenticity
Included
Publisher
Derriere L'Etoile Studios, New York City.
Image rights
Seibu Department Stores Ltd., Tokyo. Printed at Derriere L'Etoile Studios, New York City.
Robert Longo
American, b. 1953
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Robert Longo burst onto the New York art scene as a brash 25-year-old with “Men in the Cities,” his iconic 1983 large-scale charcoal drawings of businessmen posing in uncanny contortions. “I always imagine that I want to make art that is going to kill you,” he said in 1984. “Whether it’s going to do it visually or physically, I’ll take either way.” Longo works and reworks his charcoal into thick-textured surfaces, giving his velvety drawings deep, blackened expanses and sharply contrasting whites; his forms are at once representational and softly elusive. Having been fascinated with popular culture as a child, Longo centers his practice on transposing images and the resulting transformation of meaning, linking him with the Pictures Generation. “An artist should know art history,” he says. “Shock value only lasts so long.” His recent works have included series depicting women in burkas, ocean waves, nuclear explosions, views of Sigmund Freud’s apartment, and zoo animals in cages.

Robert Longo

Men in the Cities, 2 pieces, 1990

Three Color Lithograph on Arches paper
40 × 26 in
101.6 × 66 cm
This is part of a limited edition set.
Sold
Location
Miami Beach, New York, Beverly Hills, London
Certificate
Certificate of authenticity
This work includes a certificate of authenticity.
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
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