- medium Lithograph with embossing on Arches
- edition 10 AP
- size 21.00w x 36.50h in
- created 1982-83
COA: This work comes with a certificate of authenticity from West Chelsea Contemporary.
Published by: Brooke Alexander, Inc., New York
From the Men in Cities series
Artist’s proof 6 of 10 apart from the edition of 45
Robert Longo is an American icon of Contemporary Art known for large-scale, hyper-realistic charcoal portraits that consider pop culture, masculinity, identity, power, authority, and social unrest. In the early 1980s, Longo earned acclaim for his bold “Men in the Cities” series, from which Jules is a part, featuring business-suited subjects contorted into uncanny poses. Work from the “Men in the Cities series” is prominently featured in the apartment of the character Patrick Bateman in the film “American Psycho.”
Longo found inspiration for “Men in the Cities” from neo-noir crime movies and the jerky dance moves of punk rockers. To create his iconic images, the artist invited friends and peers, including photographer Cindy Sherman and gallerist Larry Gagosian, to his New York City studio, where he photographed them dodging tennis balls and being pulled by ropes. Longo cropped out the images’ contextual information, leaving spectacularly contorted poses, many of which the artist himself could not have imagined. He then worked to create technically challenging lithographs from his hyper-realistic charcoal drawings of the photographs.
The jerks and spasms of Longo’s subjects, sharply dressed in business attire, have an elegance and grace that is entirely unexpected; protective reactions and exaggerated gestures have been turned into effortless and authentic choreography, a ballet of falls and stumbles, leaps and trips. The movements are fresh and vital, full of energy and life, even while they portray a sense of agony. They document an essence of human motion, boiled down to pure expression.
He has gone on to have his work shown at the 1983 and 2004 Whitney Biennial in New York and the 47th Venice Biennale. Longo currently lives and works in New York, NY. The artist’s works are held in the collections of the Albertina in Vienna, the Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Gallery in London, and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, among others.