With a striking command of scale and a dramatic play of contrasts, Robert Longo's visually compelling works navigate the crossroads of politics, culture, and personal identity. If you’re looking for Robert Longo original prints and editions for sale or would like to sell, request a complimentary valuation and browse our network’s most in-demand works.
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Born in Brooklyn in 1953, Robert Longo's journey into art began with an intense interest in sculpture and drawing. His education at Buffalo State College introduced him to a thriving arts scene, including the now-infamous Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, which he co-founded.
Longo's meteoric rise to prominence in the 1980s was marked by his iconic Men In The Cities series: life-sized charcoal and graphite hyperrealistic drawings of sharply-dressed men and women, contorted in dramatic poses. These pieces not only captured the zeitgeist of the era but also established his style, a blend of cinematic imagery and meticulous attention to detail.
Throughout his career, Longo has been a dedicated observer, using his art to examine the changing socio-political landscape. His works take a closer look at societal structures, exploring authority, power dynamics, and the human experience. The decision to create many of his pieces on a grand scale, emphasised by his choice of a monochromatic palette, is a testament to his intent to fully engage the viewer. These choices ensure the audience doesn't merely observe his art but feels its impact, prompting reflection and conversation.
Branching into film, Longo's direction of Johnny Mnemonic showcases his diverse approach to storytelling. This transition underscores his unwavering commitment to conveying meaningful narratives, regardless of the medium.
Longo's skill isn't limited to solo projects. He flourishes in collaborative settings, evident from his participation in group exhibitions and projects with fellow artists and musicians. Working with the iconic band R.E.M., for example, is more than just a blend of art and music; it highlights Longo's ability to cross traditional artistic boundaries, seamlessly integrating into various cultural forms.