Robert Longo was first recognized for his hyperrealistic charcoal illustrations during the 1980's, and today the artist continues to explore the potential of his crisp, breath-taking style, particularly through imagery of powerful figures and events. These two photographs are from Longo's famed "Men in the Cities," series, in which business-attired men and women fight, writhe, and scream within their surroundings like performers in a spotlight. Here, each figure’s shadowed face and arms evoke classical sculpture while their professional clothing suggests a commentary on his class in the present day, creating a nuanced view of the human body as seen by the artist.
Medium: Two Archival pigment prints on Canson Platine fiber paper
Paper Size: 45.9 x 35.7 cm (18 1/8 x 14 in.) each
Image Size: 37.7 x 25.1 cm (14 7/8 x 9 7/8 in.) each
Edition of 75
Signed, dated, and numbered verso