Untitled (Riot Cops), from Charcoal

Robert Longo

Untitled (Riot Cops), from Charcoal , 2017

22 x 24 Inches
Ditone print, on Hahnemühle photo paper
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About the artist

Robert Longo

Robert Longo, born 1953 in Brooklyn, New York, is an American artist, filmmaker, and photographer. He received his BFA in Sculpture from Buffalo State College in 1975.

Despite the fact that he studied sculpture, Longo broke out onto the New York art scene with his iconic “Men in the Cities” series in 1983, huge charcoal drawings of businessmen contorted into writhing, almost dance-like poses that became symbols for the changing nature of New York City in the 1980s with gentrification by those who were money and power hungry. He manipulates charcoal with a sculptural quality, side stepping categorization between strictly painting, sculpture, or photography. He has stated that he believes drawing to be a sculptural process, carving his subjects out of the paper with erasers and charcoal. His large-scale artworks explore the power of photographic and filmic images in popular culture. Longo’s work is a meditation on the images we see over and over again on a daily basis, oftentimes drawing inspiration from sources that deal with socio-political issues. 

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