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Robert Longo

Mnemonic Pictures (set of 24), 1995

The complete set of 24 photo-lithographs in colors on cream wove paper, contained in original black linen box
8 × 10 in
20.3 × 25.4 cm
Edition 48/8 + 26AP
This is part of a limited edition set.
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About the work
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Heritage Auctions
Signature
Each signed, dated, numbered, and annotated 'A-X' respectively in pencil in lower margin
Publisher
Editions Saga Pictures, Los Angeles
Image rights
Courtesy of Heritage Auctions
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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Heritage Auctions
Signature
Each signed, dated, numbered, and annotated 'A-X' respectively in pencil in lower margin
Publisher
Editions Saga Pictures, Los Angeles
Image rights
Courtesy of Heritage Auctions
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

Mnemonic Pictures (set of 24), 1995

The complete set of 24 photo-lithographs in colors on cream wove paper, contained in original black linen box
8 × 10 in
20.3 × 25.4 cm
Edition 48/8 + 26AP
This is part of a limited edition set.
Bidding closed
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