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Robert Longo

Black Flag, 1999

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Lot 17
Three-dimensional cast-paper relief
27.8 x 44.0 in (70.5 x 111.8 cm)
Edition of 60
Signed, dated, and numbered on recto


This work ships from the United States.


Long focused on the iconography of power and violence, Robert Longo steps into a more politicized role with the Black Flag series. With the distressed and blackened flag, Longo engages with the long-standing political anxieties in America.

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About Robert Longo

Robert Longo (American, b. 1953) is a painter and sculptor. He received his BFA from Buffalo State College where he was closely associated with fellow student Cindy Sherman. Shortly after school, he moved to New York City and quickly joined the growing underground art scene in the late 1970s. Longo is best known for his hauntingly realistic works on paper, the most famous of which being 'Men in the Cities.' A master draftsman, Longo has said of his own work, "I think I make art for brave eyes. I don't want to make art that will pat you on the back and tell you everything is going to be okay. I want to make something that's much more confronting. You don't look at it, it looks at you as much as you look at it.”