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Rick – Robert Longo

Rick, 1994

Lithograph

46 x 30 in | 116 x 76 cm

Edition of 170

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Robert Longo is an American artist known for his strikingly detailed and visually compelling artworks, often rendered in charcoal and graphite. Born in 1953, Longo emerged as a significant figure in the 1980s, part of the Pictures Generation, a group of artists adept at exploring the power of images in a media-saturated landscape. His most famous series, “Men in the Cities,” depicts sharply dressed men and women in dramatic, contorted poses, seemingly caught in moments of intense emotion or physical impact. These large-scale drawings, characterized by their exquisite detail and dynamic composition, blur the line between movement and stasis, capturing the tension and complexity of the human condition.

Longo’s work spans a variety of media, including drawing, photography, sculpture, and video, though he is best known for his drawings. His art often engages with themes of power, violence, and conflict, reflecting on contemporary political, social, and cultural issues. Through his meticulous technique, Longo transforms photographs into hyperrealistic images, challenging viewers’ perceptions and inviting them to question the narratives constructed by media and power structures.

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