About The Artist
The comic books, movies, magazines, and television of his childhood heavily influence American artist Robert Longo. Since the 1970s, Longo has produced works in a staggering array of mediums, including drawing, painting, sculpture, video, film, music, and serigraphy. He first gained major attention with his Man in the Cities drawings: large black and white images of sharply dressed men and women desperately flailing and falling backwards. Before finding success with these drawings, Longo attended the Buffalo State College where he opened an underground art gallery that later became the Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center. He next moved to New York to join the underground art scene and play guitar in his band, Robert Longo’s Menthol Wars. After exhibiting the Men in the Cities drawings at New York galleries and museums, including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, he earned a major retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1989. In addition to producing sculptures, combines, and more drawings, throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Longo directed New Order’s “Bizarre Love Triangle” and R.E.M.’s “The One I Love" music videos, as well as the 1995 cyber-punk film Johnny Mnemonic. His work is rife with apocalyptic images–crashing waves, mushroom clouds, sharks, and revolvers–yet in each piece the viewer is “in a world full of radiance and hope and transcendence.” Robert Longo was the subject of recent exhibitions at the Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain in Nice (2009), France and the Museu Coleção Berardo in Lisbon, Portugal (2010).
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