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Robert Longo (American, b.1953)
LOT ID: 77562
Untitled (from Men in the Cities), 2005

Digital Print, Pigment Print
44 х 30.5 in. (111.76 x 77.47 cm.)
Signed, and numbered lower margin in pencil.
Print/Casting Year 2005
Edition of 15
Lot description
The piece is hand-signed and numbered in pencil by the artist from the very small edition of only 15, and is printed on Crane Portfolio rag paper. The work is beautifully framed in a contemporary matte black gessoed frame, recessed and floating on oyster linen matting. The framed size measures: 47 1/2 x 34 inches (120.7 x 86.4 cm). Both the photograph and frame are in mint condition. All framing materials used are of museum quality and are 100% acid free including U.V. protective plexi-glas.

This is an original digital pigment print from 2005 by artist Robert Longo entitled: 'Untitled' from his revered "Men in the Cities" series, which illustrates sharply dressed businessmen and women writhing in contorted emotion. The artists work from the "Men in Cities" series is also prominently displayed in the apartment of fictional character Patrick Bateman in the film of American Psycho.

Born and raised in New York, Robert Longo (b.1953) had a fascination with mass media, which would continue to influence his art. Known for meticulously rendered large scale drawings and sculptures, Longo gained notoriety in 1981 with his first solo exhibition of his "Men in the Cities" series at Metro Pictures, New York, which illustrated businessmen (and women) in fluid and distorted movements intersected by architectural forms. He would photograph friends caught in various dance moves, being pulled by ropes, or being hit with baseballs to capture the body in contorted poses, exploring spasmodic movements found in the punk scene. Longo would then painstakingly render them into charcoal drawings, a favored medium of the artist. Longo earned his BFA in 1975 from the State University College, Buffalo, NY. He was one of the original founders (along with Diane Bertolo, Charles Clough, Nancy Dwyer, Cindy Sherman, and Michael Zwack) of the highly influential Hallwalls. Ever a diversified artist, Longo is also a co-founder and member of the band X PATSYS (with Barbara Sukowa, Jon Kessler, Anthony Coleman, Anton Fier and Sean Conly). Longo is represented by Metro Pictures in New York City and Galerie Hans Mayer in Düsseldorf, Germany. He is also included in the collections of the Tate Gallery, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Modern Art, among others.

Public Collections:
Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY)
Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Tate Gallery (London, UK)
Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam, NL)
The Albertina (Vienna, Austria)

Untitled (from Men in the Cities) by Robert Longo
  • Untitled (from Men in the Cities) by Robert Longo
  • Untitled (from Men in the Cities) by Robert Longo
  • Untitled (from Men in the Cities) by Robert Longo
  • Untitled (from Men in the Cities) by Robert Longo
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