Sculptor, painter, and draftsman Robert Longo (American, b.1953) is well known for his bold drawings and sculptural works fusing pop culture and Fine Art. Longo was born in Brooklyn, New York, and his love of pop culture, cartoons, and print media as a child later significantly influenced his art. Longo attended the University of North Texas in Denton before deciding to study sculpture back in New York; he later received a BFA from SUNY Buffalo.

After establishing a cooperative gallery in Buffalo during his college years, he joined a circle of underground artists working in New York City in the early 1980s. He created both drawings and sculptures examining issues of masculinity, power, mass media, and urban lifestyles, and has been critically recognized for works such as his Men in the Cities series, featuring men and women in business attire shown contorted in odd poses, and his depictions of American flags painted over in black. Work from the Men in the Cities series is prominently featured in the apartment of fictional character Patrick Bateman in the film American Psycho. Longo’s work has been included in the Whitney Biennial in New York, documenta in Kassel, and the Venice Biennale, among many other prestigious exhibitions. He currently lives and works in New York.

Timeline

1953
Born in Brooklyn, NY
1975
BFA, State University College, Buffalo, NY
2005
Goslar Award for Modern Art
Lives in New York, NY

Exhibitions

2013
Legacy: Photographs from the Emily Fisher Landau Collection, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT
Robert Longo: The Capitol Project, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT
Inner Journeys, Maison Particulière Art Center, Brussels
Beg, Borrow and Steal - Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA
Disaster / The End of Days - Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac - Paris, Paris
Disaster / The End Of Days - Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac - Paris, Paris
Phantom Vessels - Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac - Salzburg, Salzburg
Robert Longo - Black and White - Galerie Fluegel-Roncak, Nuremberg
2012
Robert Longo, Capitain Petzel Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2010–2011
Kunsthalle Weishaupt, Ulm, Germany
The Art of Collaboration with Bottega Veneta
2009
No Wave, Galerie Saks, Geneva, Switzerland (solo)
Robert Longo Survey Exhibition: 1979-2009, Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain, Nicé, France. (solo)
Robert Longo at Metro Pictures: Surrendering the Absolutes, Metro Pictures, New York, New York. (solo)
Robert Longo: Dancing with Chains On, Galerie Hans Mayer, Düsseldorf, Germany. (solo)
Nights Bright Days, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, California. (solo)
2008
Robert Longo: Intimate Immensity, Galeria Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid, Spain (solo)
2007
Children of Nyx, Metro Pictures, New York (solo)
Beginning of the world, Galerie Hans Mayer, Düsseldorf, Germany (solo)
Exhibitionism: An Exhibition of Exhibitions of Works from the Marieluise Hessel Collection, Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York (cat.)
Chelsea to Caochangdi, Chambers Fine Art, Bejing
History Will Repeat Itself, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (cat.)
Panic Attack! Art in the Punk Years, Barbican Art Gallery, London (cat.)
Lights, Camera, Action: Artist Films for the Cinema, Kaufman Astoria Studios, New York
Hot Rock, Transmission Gallery, Scotland
2006
Fifth Interpretation of the Collection, La Colección Jumex, Pachuca, Mexico (cat.)
The Movement of Images, Centre Pompidou Editions, Paris (Design)
The Outward Visible Signs of an Inward Invisible Grace, Metro Pictures, New York (solo)
Ouroboros, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris (solo)
New York New York: Fifty Years of Art, Architecture, Cinema, Performance, Photography and Video, Grimaldi Forum, Monaco (cat.)
Les Mouvement des Images, Centre Pompidou, France (cat.)
Ma+h Coun+s, Curated by Barry Rosenberg, University of Connecticut, Connecticut
The Downtown Art Show: The New York Art Scene 1974-1984,” Grey Art Gallery, Fales Library, New York University (cat.)
2005
Neo-Baroque, Byblos Art Gallery, Verona (cat.)
Atomica: Making the Visible Invisible, Lombard-Freid Fine Arts, New York
Flashback: Revisiting the Art of the Eighties, Kunstmuseum Museum fur Gegenwartskunst, Basel
Drawing from the Modern, MoMA, New York
Robert Longo: Fire, Water, Rock 2003-2005, Galleria Emilio Mazzoli, Modena, Italy (solo) (Curated by Richard Milazzo)
Something Wicked This Way Comes, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles (solo)
Robert Longo: Deep Silence, Monchehaus Museum, Goslar, Germany
2004
Laocoonte devoarto. Arte y violencia politica, Artium Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Comtemporaneo, Vitoria-Gasteiz
Our sickness of reason created monsters - The Colossus , Galerie Pièce Unique, Paris
Whitney Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American, New York, NY
by Amerika, Galerie Steinek, Vienna (group)
2003
The Eighties – Part II : USA, Galerie Bernd Klüser, Munich
Andy Warhol / Robert Longo – Cars, Daimler Chrysler Contemporary, Berlin
Robert Longo – Lust of Eye, galleria Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid
Aufgeschraubt und Abgestaubt – Die Sammlung im Prozess der Neupräsentation, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen
M_ARS – Art and War, Neue Galerie Graz am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz
2002
Trance und Traum, Galerie Six Friedrich Lisa Ungar, Munich
Robert Longo : Sigmund Freud, Jündisches Museum Berlin, Galerie Steinek, Vienna
The Freud Drawings, Krefelder Kunstmuseen, Museen Haus Lange/ Huas Esters ; Albertina, Vienna
Monster Waves, Galerie Steinek, Vienna (solo)
20 years Galerie Steinek, Vienna (group)
2001
Pop Art & Co – Uniques, Graphics and Multiples, Galerie Burkhard Eikelmann, Essen
2000
Robert Longo - Superheroes, Lipanje Puntin Artecontemporanea, Trieste
Supermodel – Identity and Transformation, Lipanje Puntin
Artecontemporanea, Trieste
Robert Longo: 1980 - 2000, Galleria Emilio Mazzoli, Modena, Italy (solo) (Curated by Richard Milazzo)
1999
The Kiasma Collection, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinski
The Virginia & Bagley Wrught Collection, Seattle Art Museum
1998
Superheroes, Cotthem Gallery, Knokke-Zoute, Belgium
Superheroes, Cotthem Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
Superheroes, Cotthem Gallery, Barcelona, Spain (solo)
Superheroes, Cotthem Gallery, Knokke-Zoute, Belgium (solo)
1997
Kunsthal Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (solo)
Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany (solo)
Metro Pictures, NY, USA (solo)
La Biennale di Venezia: XLVII Espozioione Internationale d'Arte, Venice, Italy
Landscape: The Pastoral to the Urban, Center for Curatorial Studies: Bard College
Views From Abroad: European Perspectives on American Art 3, Whitney Museum of American Art New York, NY
Das Magellan Projekt, Kunsthalle Tubingen, Tubingen, Germany (solo)
Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (solo)
1996
Bang! The Gun as Image, Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, FL
Metro Pictures, New York, New York 'Unplugged', Gallery Cotthem, Knokke-Zoute, Belgium
Robert Longo: Kreuze, Museum Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany (solo)
1995
Passion Privees, Musees d'art Moderne de la ville de Paris, Paris, France
Alternatives: 20 Years of Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center: 1975-1995, Burchfield-Penny, Art Center, Buffalo, NY
Robert Longo: A Retrospective, The Isetan Mseum of Art, Tokyo (solo)
Ashikaga City Museum, Kirin Plaza Art Space, Osaka (solo)
Essence and Persuasion: The Power of Black and White, Anderson Gallery Buffalo, NY
Johnny Paintings, Galerie Gana-Beaubourg Paris, France
1994
New York on Paper, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Paris, France
Generev Grunwald Gallery Toronto, Canada
1993
Lucio Silla Group Exhibit, Kleines Festspielhaus Salzburg, Austria
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Salzburg
1992
When Heaven and Hell Change Places, Galerie Hans Mayer Dusseldorf
Allegories of Modernism: Contemporary Drawing, The Museum of Modern Art New York, NY
1991
Power, Indianapolis Museum of Art Indianapolis
Linda Cathcart Gallery Los Angeles, USA

Public Collections

Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Jewish Museum, New York, NY
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris, France
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Tate Modern, London, England
Walker ARt Center, Minneapolis, MN
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Literature

2008
Robert Longo: Intimate Immensity, Galeria Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid, Spain. Richard Millazzo, essay
2007
Panic Attack! Art in the Punk Years, Mark Sladen and Ariella Yedgar (ed.), Merrell Publishers Limited, London, pp. 102-103
2007
Collection Art Contemporain, Éditions du Centre Pompidou, Paris, pp. 284
2007
Bollen, Christopher, “Disaster Art,” Vman, Spring/Summer, Issue 8, pp. 88
2007
Jonathan T.D. Neil, “Robert Longo: The Outward and Visible Signs of an Inward and Invisible
2007
Grace, Art Review, February, pp. 132
2007
Sarah Valdez, “Robert Longo: Review,” Art on Paper, January/February, pp. 89
2007
Exhibitionism: An Exhibition of Exhibitions of Works from the Marlieluise Hessel Collection, CCS Bard Hessel Museum, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, pp. 28
2007
Joanne Bernstein, The UBS Art Collection: Drawings, UBS AG, Zürich, pp. 160-161
2007
“The Producers,” Artforum, October, pp. 352-359, 402
2007
Dorothy Spears, “It’s Only Rock and Art, but They Like It,” The New York Times, September 30, pp. 30
2007
History Will Repeat Itself, Inke Arns and Gabriele Horn (ed.), KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, pp. 134-137
2006
Fifth Interpretation of the Collection, La Colección Jumex, Pachuca, Mexico, pp. 213
2006
The Movement of Images, Centre Pompidou Editions, Paris, pp. cover, 102
2006
“Robert Longo,” The New Yorker, December 4, pp. 24
2006
Sarah Douglas, “Staying Power,” Art + Auction, November, pp. 160-167
2006
Galerie Daniel Templon: 40 ans, Communic’Art, Paris, pp. 304, 386, 595
2006
No. 1, Francesca Richer and Matthew Rosenzweig (ed.), D.A.P., New York, pp. 225
2006
Tilman Osterwold, Irritation des Gleichgewichts, Snoeck, Cologne, pp.51-53
2006
Germano Celant and Lisa Dennison, New York New York: Fifty Years of Art, Architecture, Cinema, Performance, Photography and Video, Skira, Monaco, pp. 480 - 483
2006
Hatje Cantz Verlag, Flashback: Revisiting the Art of the 1980s, Kunstmuseum Basel, Museum fur Gegenwartskunst, Switzerland
2005
Neo-Baroque!, curated by Micaela Giovanotti and Joyce B. Korotkin, Byblos Gallery, Charta Publishers, Milan
2005
Richard Lacayo, “How Does ‘80s Art Look Now,” Time, 26 March, pp. 58-62
2005
Drawings on Geology, Serge Onnen, J & L Books, New York
2005
Robert Longo: Fire, Water, Rock 2003-2005, Galleria Emilio Mazzoli, Modena, Italy. Richard Milazzo and Achille Bonito Oliva, essays
2005
Jordan Kantor, Drawing from the Modern: After the Endgames, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, pp. 105
2005
Werner Spies, Robert Longo: Deep Silence, Monchehaus Museum Publishing, Goslar (cat.)
2005
Robert Longo, “A Universe in Climax Sonic Grandeur: Robert Longo Talks with Glenn Branca Yard, ed. Ellen Ross, London Terrace Station, New York pp. 46-53