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Robert Longo (American, b.1953)
LOT ID: 100845
V, ie. circa 1983

Acrylic, on wood panels with aluminum
130 х 113 х 36 in. (330.2 x 287.02 x 91.44 cm.)
Signed, 'Longo' to verso of two panels
Lot description
“V” (1983-84) by Robert Longo (American, b. 1953) is from a period in the 1980s when the artist was working in enormous three-dimensional scale, creating combines of painting and sculpture. Long interested in themes of urban tension and city life, we see these main ideas present in this large and intense 130 x 113 x 36 inch sculptural painting. Two clusters of cityscape architectural reliefs jut out from the back of a female nude like wings, sharp and commanding in their extended reach toward the viewer. The female nude’s expressive pose is writhing with emotion and reiterates the dynamic energy of Longo’s figures from his celebrated ‘Men in Cities’ series.

Dimensions:
Top Panel: 45.5 x 78 x 2 inches
Middle Panel: 36.5 x 113 x 36 inches
Bottom Panel: 48 x 78 x 2 inches
Overall: 130 x 113 x 36 inches

Born and raised in New York, Robert Longo (b.1953) had a fascination with mass media, which would continue to influence his art. Longo earned his BFA in 1975 from the State University College, Buffalo, NY. Longo became famous 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 movements intersected by architectural forms made of cast aluminum reliefs. Since then he often engaged his paintings with 3-dimensional materials.
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