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Robert Longo

Thunder Road, 2010

Digital pigment print
30 × 53 1/2 in
76.2 × 135.9 cm
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Framed: 37in x 61in x 0in

Framed: 37in x 61in x 0in

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Signed and dated lower right and numbered lower left
Publisher
Adamson Editions, Washington
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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Framed: 37in x 61in x 0in

Framed: 37in x 61in x 0in

Signature
Signed and dated lower right and numbered lower left
Publisher
Adamson Editions, Washington
Image rights
Courtesy of Heritage Auctions
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

Thunder Road, 2010

Digital pigment print
30 × 53 1/2 in
76.2 × 135.9 cm
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