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b. 1953, USA

Robert Longo Biography

Robert Longo is an American artist whose practice encompasses drawing, painting, film, photography, music, performance, and sculpture.

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Longo began his studies in sculpture at the University of North Texas before receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Buffalo State College in 1975. There, he studied under photorealist artist Joseph Piccillo, who had an undeniable influence on his practice.

Robert Longo's charcoal and graphite drawings, for which he is most well-known, are heavily influenced by his background in sculpture. Many of his drawings exhibit a three-dimensionality that recalls his early studies. Robert Longo's subjects—including sharks, tigers and 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 (1977–1983), which captures subjects in contorted, moving poses. Enlarged and drawn from photographs, 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' (1989–1999), show Robert Longo's artistic transition into creating works that comment on contemporary themes relating to 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.

Robert Longo's paintings, drawings, and sculptures have been shown around the world. The artist's recent solo exhibitions have included When Heaven and Hell Changes Places at the Hall Art Foundation Schloss Derneburg Museum (2020); Amerika at Metro Pictures, New York (2019); Let the Frame of Things Disjoint at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris (2017); The Invention of Zero (After Malevich) at Galerie Hans Mayer, Düsseldorf (2015); The Capitol Project at The Aldrich Museum, Connecticut (2012); and Mysterious Heart at Galeria Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid (2011).

Robert Longo's artworks can be found in collections at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Solomon R. 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 Pompidou, Paris.

Frances Hodgson | Ocula | 2020

Robert Longo Featured Artworks

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Eisenstein (Potemkin with Black Square) by Robert Longo contemporary artwork
Robert LongoEisenstein (Potemkin with Black Square), 2016Charcoal on mounted paper
52.5 x 120 inches
Metro Pictures Contact Gallery
Untitled (Luther) by Robert Longo contemporary artwork
Robert LongoUntitled (Luther), 2016Charcoal on mounted paper
70 x 120 inches
Metro Pictures Contact Gallery
Untitled (Gong Li) by Robert Longo contemporary artwork
Robert LongoUntitled (Gong Li), 2015Charcoal on mounted paper
142.2 x 177.8 cm
Metro Pictures Contact Gallery
Untitled (Pine Tree) by Robert Longo contemporary artwork
Robert LongoUntitled (Pine Tree), 2015Charcoal on mounted paper
149.9 x 199.4 cm
Metro Pictures Contact Gallery
Untitled (Hunter) by Robert Longo contemporary artwork
Robert LongoUntitled (Hunter), 2015Charcoal on mounted paper
152.4 x 121.9 cm
Metro Pictures Contact Gallery
Untitled (Emperor's Tiger) by Robert Longo contemporary artwork
Robert LongoUntitled (Emperor's Tiger), 2015Aluminum
117.3 x 88.1 x 26.4 cm
Metro Pictures Contact Gallery
Untitled (From the American Stories Cycle) by Robert Longo contemporary artwork
Robert LongoUntitled (From the American Stories Cycle), 2015Charcoal on mounted paper
231.1 x 315.6 cm
Metro Pictures Contact Gallery
Untitled (Forest After Newman) by Robert Longo contemporary artwork
Robert LongoUntitled (Forest After Newman), 2015Charcoal on paper
Metro Pictures Contact Gallery

Robert Longo Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Robert Longo, Fugitive Images at Metro Pictures, New York
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14 November 2019–18 January 2020 Robert Longo Fugitive Images Metro PicturesNew York
Contemporary art exhibition, Robert Longo, Amerika at Metro Pictures, New York
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25 April–25 May 2019 Robert Longo Amerika Metro PicturesNew York
Contemporary art exhibition, Robert Longo, The Destroyer Cycle at Metro Pictures, New York
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3 May–17 June 2017 Robert Longo The Destroyer Cycle Metro PicturesNew York

Robert Longo Represented By

Metro Pictures contemporary art gallery in New York, USA Metro Pictures New York

Robert Longo In Ocula Magazine

RoseLee Goldberg: Performance Then and Now Ocula Conversation RoseLee Goldberg: Performance Then and Now By Fawz Kabra

RoseLee Goldberg had long been invested in contemporary performance art before her founding of the inter-disciplinary arts organisation Performa in New York in 2004. Born in Durban, South Africa, Goldberg studied political science and fine arts at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and then art history at the Courtauld...

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Robert Longo In Related Press

New York City Roundup Related Press New York City Roundup 23 May 2017, art agenda

As I missed out on international art events this season because New York is so far away, all I could think of was how unlucky their curators are. You work on Venice or Documenta for a year or two or four. You start out researching when there’s a somewhat liberal president in the US and some island off the coast of Europe still considers itself...

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Fire and forget. On violence Related Press Fire and forget. On violence 27 June 2015, Domus

“ Fire and Forget ” is a commonly used term in military jargon for weapon systems that are triggered at a safe range from the enemy, and can reach their target independently. It is structured along the four thematic complexes of Borders, Affect, Memory/Remembrance, and Event. The Border motif serves as an introduction to the...

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