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Robert Longo

Best known for his photorealistic drawings, Longo explores imagery within a complex social and cultural forces. Robert Longo was born in 1953, in Brooklyn, New York, and has had a childhood fascination with mass media: movies, television, magazines, and comic books, which continue to deeply influence his art. One of the quintessential artists of the 1980s, Longo is perhaps best known for the writhing, dancing figures in his iconic Men in the Cities series. The American artist´s drawings are, perhaps, his most iconic. They are as much about the content they depict as they are about the artist´s intense devotion to the practice of drawing. His amazingly deep, anthracite charcoal drawings show emotional motives. Perhaps the best known photorealist series of Robert Longo´s is Men in the Cities, depicting contorted, life-size human figures in an urban setting. Robert Longo´s art focuses on his never-ending investigation of the themes of power and authority, which also permeate his series of blackened American flags (Black Flags, 1989–91), and oversized handguns (Bodyhammers, 1993–95). Longo´s series, Monsters, which depict massive breaking waves, and The Sickness of Reason, featuring atomic bomb blasts, followed in 2002 and 2004. It was during the 1980s that Robert Longo started to produce editions, mainly lithographs. He then gradually developed a high-end print technique, Pigment Print, which allows him to reproduce his drawings perfectly. Robert Longo´s prints capture the same level of detail and emotional impact of the original drawings.

“ As an artist, we’re reporters. Our job is to report what it’s like to be alive now. We’re one of the few professions left in the world that has the opportunity to try to tell the truth. „

Robert Longo

Robert Longo's
available artworks

Ivy Mike

2010

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Angel's Wing

2014

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Leo

2013

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Interior Apartment Front Door with Bars (Freud Cycle, 1938)

2004

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Cindy and Eric (Portfolio of 2)

2014

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Bruce

2014

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Men in the Cities: Study of Dave

1993

Crystal Chandelier

2012

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Small Earth

2012

Eric, NYC, 1980

2009

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Rosette Nebula

2014

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Et in Arcadia Ego

2010

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Saturn

2014

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Book Case in Study Room (The Freud Cycle, 1838)

2012

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Big Shark

2010

Godzilla

2005

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The Box

2005

Hercules

2010

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The Freud Cycle (portfolio)

1938

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Iceman X

2012

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Thunder Road

2010

Angel´s Wing (Small Version)

2013

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Tiger, 2012

2012

Cadillac

2012

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View of Study Room, with Books, Desk and Window, 1938

2004

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Essentials

2009

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Old Glory, Left Side

2011

Freud’s Desk and Chair, Study Room

2004

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Portfolio of 4 (Russian Bomb, Lion`s Gate, Shark 5, Ulysses)

2011

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Horsehead Nebula

2008

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Russian Bomb (Semipalatinsk)

2003-2011

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Adam

2012

Flag (Old Glory)

2013

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Untitled (Rose, from Ophelia)

2005

Exterior Apartment Door with Nameplate and Peephole, 1938 (Set of 2)

2004

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Double Shark

2010

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In the Garden, Et in Arcadia Ego

2014

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Hell's Gate

2005

Forest of Doxa

2014

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