Robert Longo, ‘Rare Original Robert Longo Vinyl Record Art (Men In The Cities)’, 1981, Lot 180
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Robert Longo

Rare Original Robert Longo Vinyl Record Art (Men In The Cities), 1981

Offset lithograph on vinyl record jacket
12 × 12 in
30.5 × 30.5 cm
This is a non-editioned multiple.
$350
Ships from New York, NY, US
Shipping: Free domestic, $65 rest of world
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About the work

Arguably Robert Longo’s most influential series, the 60 hyperrealistic drawings in “Men in the …

Lot 180

Robert Longo Men In The Cities album cover art:
A rare highly sought-after 1981 record art cover …

Medium
Mixed Media
Condition
Minor shelf wear; otherwise very good overall condition
Signature
Longo credit lower verso
Certificate of authenticity
Not included
Frame
Not included
Series
Men In The Cities
Image rights
Listing images copyright Lot 180 LLC
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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Arguably Robert Longo’s most influential series, the 60 hyperrealistic drawings in “Men in the Cities” (1977–83) portray men and women wearing traditional business clothes in exaggerated, contorted poses. Longo found inspiration for “Men in the Cities” in the final scene of the film The American Soldier (1970), in …

Lot 180

Robert Longo Men In The Cities album cover art:
A rare highly sought-after 1981 record art cover featuring original artwork by Robert Longo on behalf of musician Glenn Branca. A classic Robert Longo collectible that makes for stand-out wall art.

Medium: Offset Lithograph on vinyl record cover. 1981.

Dimensions: 12 x …

Medium
Mixed Media
Condition
Minor shelf wear; otherwise very good overall condition
Signature
Longo credit lower verso
Certificate of authenticity
Not included
Frame
Not included
Series
Men In The Cities
Image rights
Listing images copyright Lot 180 LLC
Robert Longo
American, b. 1953
Follow

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

Rare Original Robert Longo Vinyl Record Art (Men In The Cities), 1981

Offset lithograph on vinyl record jacket
12 × 12 in
30.5 × 30.5 cm
This is a non-editioned multiple.
$350
Ships from New York, NY, US
Shipping: Free domestic, $65 rest of world
Locked
Secure payment
Secure transactions by credit card through Stripe.
Learn more.
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