The Value of the Works of Robert Longo

The Value of the Works of Robert Longo

Robert Longo is an American sculptor, painter, and draftsman known for bold works that fuse pop culture and Fine Art. He is well known for works such as the Men in the Cities series as well as his depictions of American flags painted over in black and other works inspired by pop culture and current events.

The Life of Robert Longo

Longo was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1953. His love of pop culture, cartoons, and print media as a child significantly influenced his art. Longo attended the University of North Texas before deciding to study sculpture in New York and later received a BFA from SUNY Buffalo. The artist established a cooperative gallery in Buffalo during his college years and later joined a circle of underground artists in the early 1980s where he created drawings and sculptures examining issues of power, masculinity, mass media, and urban lifestyles.

Longo also worked under the experimental filmmakers Paul Sharits and Hollis Frampton who introduced him to structural filmmaking and Sergei Eisenstein’s films. He organized shows and talks with various artists and developed a lifelong friendship with Cindy Sherman. Longo worked as a studio assistant to Vito Acconci and Dennis Oppenheim and participated in a show entitled Pictures that showcased the move away from Minimalism and Conceptualism towards image-making inspired by pop culture. Longo became known as the protagonist of the “Pictures Generation” over the next decade as he made works that provocatively criticized the anesthetizing and seductive effects of capitalism and the influence of the media.

In 1981, he presented the Men in the Cities drawings that were to establish his name at his first solo show at Metro. Work from this Men in the Cities series was featured in the apartment of fictional character Patrick Bateman in the film American Psycho. His work has also been featured in various prestigious exhibitions around the world.

Longo has been represented by Metro Pictures since they opened in 1980 and is also represented by Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac; London, Paris, Salzburg. He currently lives and works in New York.

Major Exhibitions

A few of Longo’s major exhibitions over the past few decades include the following:

2013
Legacy: Photographs from the Emily Fisher Landau Collection, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT
Robert Longo: The Capitol Project, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT
Inner Journeys, Maison Particulière Art Center, Brussels

2012
Robert Longo, Capitain Petzel Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2010–2011
Kunsthalle Weishaupt, Ulm, Germany
The Art of Collaboration with Bottega Veneta

2009
No Wave, Galerie Saks, Geneva, Switzerland (solo)
Robert Longo Survey Exhibition: 1979-2009, Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain, Nicé, France. (solo)

2008
Robert Longo: Intimate Immensity, Galeria Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid, Spain (solo)

2007
Children of Nyx, Metro Pictures, New York (solo)
Beginning of the world, Galerie Hans Mayer, Düsseldorf, Germany (solo)

2006
Fifth Interpretation of the Collection, La Colección Jumex, Pachuca, Mexico (cat.)
The Movement of Images, Centre Pompidou Editions, Paris (Design)

2005
Neo-Baroque, Byblos Art Gallery, Verona (cat.)
Atomica: Making the Visible Invisible, Lombard-Freid Fine Arts, New York
Flashback: Revisiting the Art of the Eighties, Kunstmuseum Museum fur Gegenwartskunst, Basel

2004
Laocoonte devoarto. Arte y violencia politica, Artium Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Comtemporaneo, Vitoria-Gasteiz

2003
The Eighties – Part II : USA, Galerie Bernd Klüser, Munich
Andy Warhol / Robert Longo – Cars, Daimler Chrysler Contemporary, Berlin

2002
Trance und Traum, Galerie Six Friedrich Lisa Ungar, Munich
Robert Longo : Sigmund Freud, Jündisches Museum Berlin, Galerie Steinek, Vienna

2001
Pop Art & Co – Uniques, Graphics and Multiples, Galerie Burkhard Eikelmann, Essen

2000
Robert Longo – Superheroes, Lipanje Puntin Artecontemporanea, Trieste
Supermodel – Identity and Transformation, Lipanje Puntin

1999
The Kiasma Collection, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinski
The Virginia & Bagley Wrught Collection, Seattle Art Museum

1998
Superheroes, Cotthem Gallery, Knokke-Zoute, Belgium
Superheroes, Cotthem Gallery, Barcelona, Spain

1997
Kunsthal Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (solo)
Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany (solo)
Metro Pictures, NY, USA (solo)

1996
Bang! The Gun as Image, Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, FL
Metro Pictures, New York, New York ‘Unplugged’, Gallery Cotthem, Knokke-Zoute, Belgium
Robert Longo: Kreuze, Museum Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany (solo)

1995
Passion Privees, Musees d’art Moderne de la ville de Paris, Paris, France
Alternatives: 20 Years of Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center: 1975-1995, Burchfield-Penny, Art Center, Buffalo, NY
Robert Longo: A Retrospective, The Isetan Museum of Art, Tokyo (solo)

1994
New York on Paper, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Paris, France
Generev Grunwald Gallery Toronto, Canada

1993
Lucio Silla Group Exhibit, Kleines Festspielhaus Salzburg, Austria
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Salzburg

1992
When Heaven and Hell Change Places, Galerie Hans Mayer Dusseldorf
Allegories of Modernism: Contemporary Drawing, The Museum of Modern Art New York, NY

1991
Power, Indianapolis Museum of Art Indianapolis
Linda Cathcart Gallery Los Angeles, USA

Collections

The works of Robert Longo are held in various collections around the globe including:
Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Jewish Museum, New York, NY
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris, France
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Tate Modern, London, England
Walker ARt Center, Minneapolis, MN
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Awards for this Artist

In 2005, Longo won the Goslar Award for Modern Art.

Value at Auction

Some examples of the value of Robert Longos work at auction include the following:

At Phillips, Longo’s work entitled “Anne” from the Men in the Cities series sold for $43,750. His Body of a Comic (Clown Bank) piece sold for $1,125. At Bonhams, his work entitled “Ivy Mike” sold for $9,450. At Sothebys, “Gretchen” was estimated at $10,000-$15,000 and sold for $25,000.

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