Robert Longo

Russian Bomb (Semipalatinsk)

Robert Longo

Russian Bomb (Semipalatinsk)

Price: $4,500.00

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Pigment Print
2003 / 2011
Edition Size:
50.0 x 40.0 cm (19.6 x 15.7 in)
Signed, dated and numbered

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About the Artwork

Combining astounding visual presence with threatening physical power, Robert Longo here explores an object of fascination and control by depicting the induced event – sublime and atrocious at once – in minute detail.

”I stumbled on the bombs. I remember showing my kids a picture of Nagasaki, and I asked them what it was. They thought it was a weather effect.”

Robert Longo

In doing so, the artist has masterfully captured the tension encapsulating one of the most complicated and emotionally charged subjects of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries: nuclear weapons. The forever frozen image of the moment of the bomb’s detonation parallels Longo’s renderings of crashing waves, for in both he concentrates the essence of an uncontrollable and dangerous nature into a single image.

About the Artist

Weng Contemporary Longo Signature

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.

About the printing Technique

Weng Contemporary Pigment

The term "pigment print" is used generally for any type of printed image that uses strictly pigments. Pigments can be either on a mineral basis or they can be an artificial product. The image stability of pigment printing is superior to that of any other method of printing.