Eric, NYC, 1980
Eric, NYC, 1980
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- Edition Size:
- 25.5 x 18.5 cm (10.0 x 7.2 in)
- Signed and numbered
About the Artwork
The present Eric, NYC, 1980 c-print is one of the precious photographic source material to Robert Longo’s iconic Men in the Cities drawings. The Men in the Cities series made Robert Longo famous in the early 1980’s: larger-than-life drawings of sharply dressed businesspeople writhing in contortion under the impact of an invisible, obviously violent power, a sort of death dance of the modern man.
"I know that people see these as stylistically Punk or New Wave, but at the time they were also viewed as Wall Street types. I was trying to transcend style but they were Downtown types, which to me was both CBGB's and Wall Street."
He first appropriated images from magazines, newspapers, and movie stills. Later, he began to use his friends as models, most of them figures in the art world or in the arts in general. He would bring them up on the roof of his New York City loft, rig up ropes to them, throw rubber balls, rocks and other objects at them to make them jerk, fling or fall – and take their picture. Powerful icons that, as Longo said, "exist somewhere between movies and monuments".
About the Artist
Robert Longo (born 1953, in Brooklyn, New York) 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.