Untitled (Statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee Covered; Charlottesville, Virginia; August 12, 2017), 2018
Charcoal on mounted paper
304.8 x 241.9 cm
120 x 95 1/4 inches
318.1 x 255.3 cm (incl frame)
125 1/4 x 100 1/2 inches (incl frame)
On August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia, a group of white nationalists gathered in protest of the proposed removal of a monument to Robert E. Lee, the top Confederate general, still revered by many Americans. The rally quickly escalated and violence broke out amongst white nationalists and counter protesters, leading to 34 injuries and one woman dead, sparking a US-wide movement calling for the removal of confederate monuments, of which there are hundreds. Since then, a dozen have been dismantled, but the one Longo depicts remains standing, re-revealed after a court ruling. Courtesy the artist and Metro Pictures, New York.