Edition of 120
46" x 30"
Lithograph on BFK Rives paper
Gretchen, 2002 by Robert Longo
This work is part of his “Men in the Cities” series which depicted sharply dressed men and women in energetic and contorted gestures set against a white background. These works portray the individual’s alienation within a complex society. He photographed his friends leaning backward and falling forward. After enlarging the pictures, he drew them, exaggerating their poses. The movements are fresh and vital, full of energy and life, even while they portray a sense of agony
American Painter, Sculptor, and Filmmaker, Robert Longo is famous for his bold and photo-realistic drawings and works on paper which focuses on the position and function of politics and power within our society. Born in 1953 in Brooklyn, Longo had a childhood obsession with mass media which has clearly influenced his artwork. “My work exists somewhere between movies and monuments,” Longo explains.
Longo attended the University of North Texas, before transferring to Buffalo State University where he studied along with fellow student Cindy Sherman. After graduating in 1975, Longo moved to New York City to become join the infamous downtown Art and Music scene. He became a dominant figure in the “Pictures Generation” of artists who opposed the minimalist and conceptualist movements that were beloved in the 1960s. Longo’s drawings are heavily influenced by his study of Sculpture as he states that “I always think that drawing is a sculptural process…I always feel like I am carving the image out rather than painting the image”.