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Robert Longo

Untitled (Capitol Detail) (from Charcoal portfolio), 2017

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Lot 14
Archival pigment print
20.5 x 11.9 in (52.0 x 30.3 cm)
From edition of 30
Signed, dated, and numbered on recto


This work ships from the United Kingdom.


Robert Longo is known for his crisply detailed renderings, often in black and white. In this print that originally accompanied the 2017 edition of the artist’s catalogue 'Charcoal,' the United States Capitol Building in Washington D.C. is depicted in hyperrealistic, graphic tones. Longo’s dynamic chiaroscuro gives the sense that the structure is glowing, speaking to the building’s status as a central seat of power.

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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.”