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Robert Longo (American, b.1953)
LOT ID: 70945
Untitled (Rose), 2005

Digital Print, Pigment Print
15 х 15 in. (38.1 x 38.1 cm.)
Signed, and numbered lower margin in pencil.
Edition 75
Lot description
Sheet size: 15 x 15 inches (38.1 x 38.1 cm)
Edition: 75; hand-signed and numbered in pencil.

This is an original digital pigment print from 2005 by artist Robert Longo entitled: 'Untitled' (Rose) from his series 'Ophelia' consisting of mysterious red roses in full bloom. Longo explains, '...the roses and the bombs and the waves are things that exist at the moment of their being: a bomb is meant to explode, a rose is born to bloom, a wave is destined to crash. They are at their moment of fulfillment."

Known for meticulously rendered large scale drawings and sculptures, Robert 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.

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)
Untitled (Rose) by Robert Longo
  • Untitled (Rose) by Robert Longo
  • Untitled (Rose) by Robert Longo
  • Untitled (Rose) by Robert Longo
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