Weng Contemporary


Essentials-Robert Longo-1

The present art work is an impressive example of Robert Longo's artistic output and assembles seven works as digital prints in a vertical row. The compilation is comprised of: Untitled (Pillow from Consulting Room, 1938) 2001, Untitled (Heaven's Hole) 2000, Mike Test (Head of Goya) 2003, Untitled (Ophelia #9) 2002, Untitled (Saturn) 2006, Untitled (Cassandra) 2008 and Untitled (large black shark portrait) 2008. The grayscale composition is balanced by a red rose in the center. Each print represents the constantly recurring themes within artist's ouevre such as love, war, beauty, time and the mystery of the being. The waves, the bombs and the roses being the metonymies. Robert Longo describes them as all “things that were existing at the moment of their being: a bomb is supposed to explode, a rose … to bloom and a wave … to crash. "They are at the moment of their fulfillment.”

“ I think I make art for brave eyes. I don't want to make art that will pat you on the back and tell you everything is going to be okay. I want to make something that's much more confronting. You don't look at it, it looks at you as much as you look at it. „

Robert Longo