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Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art 13 Apr 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...

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Robert Longo

b. 1953, USA

Robert Longo is an American artist whose practice encompasses drawing, painting, film, photography, music, performance, and sculpture. Longo began his studies in sculpture at the University of North Texas before he eventually received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Buffalo State College in 1975. There he studied under, and was undeniably influenced by, photorealist artist Joseph Piccillo.

Longo’s background in sculpture has heavily influenced the graphite and charcoal drawings for which he is most well-known. Many of his drawings exhibit a three-dimensionality that recalls his early studies. The subjects in Longo’s works, from sharks and tigers to people, are simply modelled in graphite rather than clay. Among Longo’s most notable works are his charcoal drawings from the Men in the Cities series for which he captured in photographs, subjects in contorted, moving poses. These were then enlarged and drawn. The subjects are dressed in rather formal clothing and confined to a colour palette of strictly black and white.

His series of black American flags, aptly titled Black Flags, show Longo’s artistic transition into creating works that comment on contemporarily relevant themes of power and authority. Longo’s large scale drawings of handguns from the mid 1990s expand on these themes and provide a possible critique of American society.

The artist’s recent solo exhibitions have included Luminous Discontent at Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, Paris (2016); The Invention of Zero at Galerie Hans Mayer, Düsseldorf (2015); Gang of Cosmos at Metro Pictures, New York (2014); The Capitol Project at The Aldrich Museum, Connecticut (2012); and Mysterious Heart at Galeria Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid (2011). His work can be found in collections at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Ludwig Museum, Cologne; the Albertina, Vienna; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.

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Featured Artworks

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Study of Jet Boy by Robert Longo contemporary artwork Robert LongoStudy of Jet Boy, 2019 Ink and charcoal on vellum
60 x 53.3 cm
Metro Pictures
Untitled (Nathan Bedford Forrest Statue Removal; Memphis, 2017) by Robert Longo contemporary artwork Robert LongoUntitled (Nathan Bedford Forrest Statue Removal; Memphis, 2017), 2018 Charcoal on mounted paper
177.8 x 304.8 cm
Metro Pictures
Untitled (First Amendment) by Robert Longo contemporary artwork Robert LongoUntitled (First Amendment), 2018 Charcoal on mounted paper
177.8 x 251.5 cm
Metro Pictures
Untitled (Loris) by Robert Longo contemporary artwork Robert LongoUntitled (Loris), 2018 Charcoal on mounted paper
243.8 x 177.8 cm
Metro Pictures
Guernica Redacted (After Picasso's Guernica, 1937) by Robert Longo contemporary artwork Robert LongoGuernica Redacted (After Picasso's Guernica, 1937), 2016 Archival pigment print
152 x 330 cm
Cahiers d'Art
Untitled (Torn Flag) by Robert Longo contemporary artwork Robert LongoUntitled (Torn Flag), 2018 Charcoal on mounted paper
236.2 x 177.8 cm
Metro Pictures
Untitled (There Is No Threat) by Robert Longo contemporary artwork Robert LongoUntitled (There Is No Threat), 2018 Charcoal on mounted paper
177.8 x 304.8 cm
Metro Pictures
Untitled (Refugees) by Robert Longo contemporary artwork Robert LongoUntitled (Refugees), 2018 Charcoal on mounted paper
237.5 x 355.6 cm
Metro Pictures

Current & Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Robert Longo, Amerika at Metro Pictures, New York
Opening Soon
25 April–25 May 2019 Robert Longo Amerika Metro Pictures, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Robert Longo, The Destroyer Cycle at Metro Pictures, New York
Closed
3 May–17 June 2017 Robert Longo The Destroyer Cycle Metro Pictures, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Robert Longo, Gang of Cosmos at Metro Pictures, New York
Closed
10 April–23 May 2014 Robert Longo Gang of Cosmos Metro Pictures, New York

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