I’m not a huge collector of art, and my spartan walls will certainly attest to that fact, but every so often I find an artist that creates a painting or drawing that not only catches my eye, but that also makes me re-consider my gulag inspired bedroom walls. Robert Longo is one of those artists, and though I only found out about his work recently, he’s managed managed to impress me in short order.
This collection, titled Men In the Cities, features a number of men and women being knocked around by invisible forces, probably within a city. Also, they may all be men, even the people who look like women. It’s not a sure thing, but the title certainly leads me to believe this. Now, who or what is beating them up, I couldn’t say, and at this point I’m starting to wonder if perhaps they’re all imagining it, in a Fight Club or American Psycho sort of way. If nothing else, the charcoal and graphite drawings DO remind me of American Psycho. I can’t say why exactly, but I believe it has a lot to do with the way that everyone is dressed, and the fact that everyone is acting rather crazy.
Men In The Cities
Man, what a violent city, and not just for the men… the women are clearly getting in on the action too. The question is why, and perhaps more importantly, why does the man on the left look like Tony Montana?
I’m not exactly sure what’s going on here, but I think that this lady is either dancing, or practicing for her lead role as a zombie. As with much of Robert’s work, I love the extremely heavy contrast.
Ok, this guy is definitely dancing. Given that these drawings were created in 1979, perhaps Robert was prophesying the rise of hipsters? The glasses… the cardigan… the fellow is straight out of an American Apparel advert.
I’m wrapping up this post with my favorite of the bunch, a man being held up by his tie. I love the imagery, and the amount of detail that Robert managed to infuse into the piece with just the use of black and white is might impressive.
If you’ve enjoyed seeing Robert Longo’s work, there’s plenty more for you to see on his official website. If nothing else, I highly recommend viewing his exhibit on a particular pair of excellent looking boobs. He calls the set Balcony, and I think you’ll enjoy his efforts in representing the pair from all sorts of angles.