Robert Longo

Untitled (Joe)

1981

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On display at Tate Liverpool

Artist
Robert Longo born 1953
Medium
Charcoal and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Unconfirmed: 2030 x 1270 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Janet Wolfson de Botton 1996
Reference
T07177

Display caption

This drawing relates to a series of large-scale works called 'Men in the Cities' in which single figures derived from photographs are depicted against blank backgrounds. The subjects were often friends of the artist, but they represented a generation of Americans which he referred to as 'doomed souls' and 'fallen angels'. The awkward postures of the figures suggest the intervention of hidden chaotic forces. The frozen-in-time character of the poses relates these images to film stills. In fact Longo compared the creation process to that of motion picture production, although the end result was in effect a 'non-motion' picture.

Gallery label, September 2004

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