Robert Longo

1953 · United States

Artist biography

Robert Longo is seen as an established contemporary artist, who originates from the United States. Robert Longo was born in 1953. Born in the same country and around the same year are Jenny Holzer, Bill Viola, Carrie Mae Weems, Cindy Sherman and Jeff Koons.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Robert Longo's work is on display in 7 galleries around the world, in countries like the United States, Austria, and Germany. The galleries exhibiting Robert Longo's work include Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac | London in the United Kingdom, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac | Salzburg Halle in Austria, as well as Brooke Alexander, Inc. in the United States. Robert Longo's work has most recently been exhibited at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac | London in the United Kingdom (14 September 2017 until 11 November 2017) with the exhibition Let the Frame of Things Disjoint. Robert Longo's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions at; Metro Pictures in New York (13 November 2019 - 17 January 2020) with the name Fugitive Images and Metro Pictures in New York (24 April 2019 - 23 May 2019) with the name Amerika. Robert Longo's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Let the Frame of Things Disjoint and took place at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac | London in the United Kingdom from the 14 September 2017 to 11 November 2017.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been a major country in the development of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, especially in the post war period, when the cultural prominence of New York assumed primacy over Paris, previously thought of as the most powerful art centre globally. Leading art movements established and cultivated in extensive ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in various forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast variants, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus a multitude of post-modern iterations of these many movements. In the modern and contemporary age, the United States has exercised a powerful influence over the international visual culture, due to the hegemony of its economic and political structures. Key examples of important U.S artists of the modern and contemporary period include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Further Biographical Context for Robert Longo

Robert Longo was born in 1953 and was primarily influenced by the 1970s growing up. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and progress in the arts, most often characterised as a response to the dominant tensions of the previous decade. Conceptual art emerged as a influential movement, and was in part an evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the artwork into the expansive outdoors, taking creative production away from commodities and looking to engage with the earliest ideas of environmentalism. Process art combined elements of conceptualism with other formal reflections, creating esoteric and experimental bodies of work. Expressive figurative painting began to regain importance for the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism twenty years before, especially in Germany where Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz became highly renowned figures worldwide. Many of the artists who became so famous and successful in the 1960s remained leading figures. For example, Andy Warhol branched out into film and magazine publishing, the first kind of cross cultural activity for a visual artist. This secured his reputation as a major international celebrity in his own right. Towards the end of the 1970s, the emerging practices of graffiti and street art were beginning to gain attention in the fine art community. Artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat were working in downtown Manhattan and guaranteeing that spray paint and tagging gained some acceptability as a fine art practice, a trend which would fully develop and dominate during the next decade.

Robert Longo

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