ROBERT LONGO

Ivy Mike

  • medium Archival pigment print on Epson Hot-Pressed paper
  • edition 9/15
  • size 34.00w x 44.63h in
  • created 2010
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Notes

COA: This work comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from West Chelsea Contemporary
Published by: Adamson Editions, Washington D.C.
Collection Note:

Longo is best known for his hauntingly realistic works on paper, and his large charcoal drawings. He continues to explore the potential of his crisp, breath-taking style, particularly through imagery of powerful figures and events. In Ivy Mike, the blackness of a calm sea reflects the blast of a massive nuclear explosion. Here the artist explores an object of fascination and control by depicting the induced event – sublime and atrocious at once – in minute detail.

Part of “The Sickness of Reason” series, this powerful artwork concentrates the essence of an uncontrollable and dangerous nature, capturing the tension encapsulated in one of the most complicated and emotionally charged subjects of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries: nuclear weapons.

13/15 in pencil (there were also 5 artist’s proofs)

”I stumbled on the bombs. I remember showing my kids a picture of Nagasaki, and I asked them what it was. They thought it was a weather effect.”— Robert Longo