ROBERT LONGO "GUN" SCREENPRINT, 1994
Robert Longo (b. 1953) is an influential American artist whose work spans various mediums including drawing, sculpture, and film. Longo emerged in the 1970s alongside the Pictures Generation, and like his peers, examined the interplay of media imagery and its influence on identity and social conditioning in contemporary society.
Longo's signature aesthetic employs bold black-and-white hyperrealism rendered with meticulous precision. Often executed on a grand scale, Longo's lifelike compositions intensify his confronting subject matter, enveloping the viewer in an immersive experience that is simultaneously breathtaking and unsettling.
In 1993, Longo debuted "Body Hammer", a show comprised of large-scale charcoal drawings of handguns. As with this work, Longo captures the guns with innate hostility, directing the barrels at the viewer from point-blank range.
This work is an important and evocative example from the second chapter of Longo's career and highlights his ongoing commitment to advocating against gun violence in the USA.
This piece can be found in numerous museum collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York).
Longo's work is also held by collections across the globe including the Museum of Modern Art (New York); the Jewish Museum (Berlin), and the Albertina (Vienna), amongst others.
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Signed and dated by the artist
25”H 17.5”W (sheet)
From an edition of 95
Very good condition.
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