Robert Longo: Surrendering the Absolutes

Surrendering the Absolutes, 2009, Installation view (c) Robert Longo courtesy by Metro Pictures, New York

Robert Longo shows new work at Metro Pictures Gallery in New York, USA. The sculpture ‘Surrendering the Absolutes’ gave also its title to the whole exhibition.

 

It is a 12-foot tower consisting of four black drawings framed behind glass.

 

The tower reflects the viewers and all other works of art in the gallery.

 

I like it because it ‘communicates’ with the other works very well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

He is still doing his typical large-scale representational charcoal drawings.

 

But he moved away from a serial motif approach to a series of atmospheric and light sensations.

 

Untitled (Cathedral of Light), 2008, Charcoal on mounted paper, 119-7/8 x 59-3/4 inches (each panel), 300 x 148 cm, (MP# D-899) (c) Robert Longo courtesy Metro Pictures, NYC

 

Eye catching is his large five-panel 25-foot drawing ‘Untitled (Cathedral of Light)’. It shows sunlight flooding through a cathedral’s windows.

 

Untitled (Et In Arcadia Ego), 2009, Charcoal on mounted paper, 60 x 114 inches, 152.4 x 289.6 cm, (MP# D-982) (c) Robert Longo courtesy by Metro Pictures, NYC

 

Or ‘Untitled (Et In Arcadia Ego)’: A lonely figure walking through a strangely illuminated forest.

 

Untitled (The Sound of Speed and Light), 2009, Charcoal on mounted paper, 59-3/4 x 95-1/2 inches (image), 148 x 240 cm, 64-1/8 x 99-7/8 inches (frame), 162.2 x 249.2 cm, (MP# D-973), (c) Robert Longo courtesy by Metro Pictures, NYC

 

I especially liked ‘Untitled (The Speed of Light and Sound)’ showing four musicians in the light on stage.

 

These three examples illustrate well his shift from motif series (like slipping people or explosion clouds) to light studies.

 

Untitled (The Judge's Hat), 2009, Charcoal on mounted paper, 70 x 86 inches image, 177.8 x 218.4 cm, (MP# D-987) (c) Robert Longo courtesy Metro Pictures, NYC

 

I did not like his drawing ‘Untitled (The Judge's Hat)’ also of 2009: I think this work is to ‘simple’ – but maybe I am not enough American therefore.

 

Untitled (Study of Eric), 1981-1988, charcoal graphite, ink on paper, (MP# D-246) (c) Robert Longo courtesy Metro Pictures, NYC

 

Mr. Longo has become well known in the early 1980s with his life-size charcoal drawings of trendy dressed people falling or slipping awkwardly. (All black and white - very 80s: I remember these being also a decoration in Patrick Bateman’s apartment in the movie ‘American Psycho’…)

 

Robert Longo contributed to most of the important group shows like Documenta in Kassel, or Whitney and Venice Biennial.

 

 

At Metro Pictures Gallery, 519 West 24th Street, NYC from 23 April to 30 May 2009.

 

by K.L.

 

 

Back to magazine overview

Comments

kamagra winkel utrecht, 04-04-18 23:22
kamagra oral jelly viagra
<a href="http://kamagrabst.com/">kamagra bestellen nederland</a>
kamagra 100mg tablets usage
<a href="http://kamagrabst.com/">http://kamagrabst.com/</a>
kamagra soft / chewable 100 mg
http://kamagrabst.com/
kamagra store uk
kamagra 100 mg, 06-04-18 06:02
kamagra kopen
<a href="http://kamagrabst.com/">kamagra in usa kaufen dundee health</a>
kamagra bestellen utrecht
<a href="http://kamagrabst.com/">kamagra 100mg</a>
kamagra 100mg oral jelly price
http://kamagrabst.com/
kamagra oral jelly kaufen forum
kamagra store reviews, 07-04-18 05:36
india kamagra 100mg chewable tablets
<a href="http://kamagrabst.com/">kamagra oral jelly for sale in usa illegal</a>
kamagra forum srbija
<a href="http://kamagrabst.com/">kamagra store uk</a>
kamagra london reviews
http://kamagrabst.com/
kamagra 100mg chewables for sale
Dustinsaw, 08-04-18 07:18
viagra cialis levitra online
<a href="http://justinpro.com/#">buy cialis</a>
cialis 20mg cost without insurance
<a href="http://justinpro.com/#">buy generic cialis online</a>
cialis generico onde comprar no brasil
<a href="http://airvietnamairline.com/#">cialis generic</a>
best price for generic cialis tadalafil
<a href="http://airvietnamairline.com/#">cialis</a>
cialis coupon 2016 200 dollar
WilliamBEP, 11-04-18 15:05
viagra ad actress cuddle up
<a href="http://blessingsofbirth.com/#">generic viagra online</a>
brand viagra cheap
<a href="http://blessingsofbirth.com/#">buy generic viagra online</a>
generic viagra super active sildenafil
<a href="http://timmonssoftware.com/#">buy generic viagra online</a>
buy viagra online uk next day delivery
<a href="http://timmonssoftware.com/#">viagra generic</a>
viagra cialis levitra online
WilliamBEP, 12-04-18 21:32
viagra feminino chega ao brasil
<a href="http://blessingsofbirth.com/#">buy generic viagra</a>
generic viagra costco
<a href="http://blessingsofbirth.com/#">generic viagra online</a>
viagra cialis comparison
<a href="http://timmonssoftware.com/#">generic viagra</a>
viagra prices at sam's club
<a href="http://timmonssoftware.com/#">buy viagra</a>
pfizer brand viagra 100mg sale
WilliamBEP, 14-04-18 02:21
dosage for cialis 20mg
<a href="http://justinpro.com/#">generic cialis</a>
cialis commercial theme song
<a href="http://justinpro.com/#">cialis generic</a>
brand cialis 5mg
<a href="http://airvietnamairline.com/#">generic cialis online</a>
cialis vs viagra reddit
<a href="http://airvietnamairline.com/#">buy generic cialis online</a>
cialis retail prices usa
WilliamBEP, 14-04-18 16:04
levitra cialis viagra comparison
<a href="http://coastalseaplanes.com/#">cialis</a>
viagra cialis generici
<a href="http://coastalseaplanes.com/#">buy generic cialis</a>
cialis online pharmacy us
<a href="http://northcoastgetaway.com/#">buy cialis</a>
cialis dosage recommendations vs viagra
<a href="http://northcoastgetaway.com/#">buy cialis</a>
when will cialis or viagra go generic
WilliamBEP, 15-04-18 06:00
levitra vs viagra dose comparison
<a href="http://amsboatyard.com/#">viagra generic</a>
viagra commercial asian actress 2015
<a href="http://amsboatyard.com/#">buy generic viagra online</a>
female viagra pills 100 mg each year
<a href="http://viagrapillq.com/#">buy generic viagra</a>
viagra generico precisa de receita medica
<a href="http://viagrapillq.com/#">buy generic viagra</a>
fiat viagra commercial actors
LouisLeday, 25-04-18 21:39
generic cialis price
<a href="http://cialisgrudj.com/">generic cialis online</a>
cialis soft review
<a href="http://cialisgrudj.com/">generic cialis</a>
cialis 5 mg prices in usa
http://cialisgrudj.com/
cialis side effects bleeding

Add comment

* - required field

*


CAPTCHA image for SPAM prevention
If you can't read the word, click here.
*
*