Biography

Robert Longo is best known for detailed photorealist drawings drawn in charcoal, graphite, and ink. With his monochrome series Men in the City, which portrayed businessmen and women in a state of suspension, Longo won critical acclaim in the early 1980s. He became known as part of the seminal “Pictures Generation,” which, as Longo puts it, worked across drawing, photography, painting, sculpture, performance, and film to "make provocative critiques of the anaesthetizing and seductive effects of capitalism, mediatized wars, and the cult of history in the US". Expanding on socio-political themes, Longo produced other significant bodies of work, including Black Flags (1989-91) and Bodyhammers (1993 - 95). Shown in various institutions all over the world, incluidng the Whitney Museum, Venice Biennale, Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Modern Art. Retrospective exhibitions of his work have been held at the Menil Collection in Houston, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1989, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicagoand a "Survey Exhibition 1980-2009," at Musee D'Art Moderne Et D'Art Contemporain de Nice in France in 2009 and at Museu Colecção Berardo in Lisbon, Portugal in 2010.