Robert Longo

  • Plan Your Vote
    October 1, 2020 - November 3, 2020

    Robert Longo has designed a free, downloadable poster as part of the nonpartisan Plan Your Vote initiative organised by in the build up to the US election.

    With over 50 institutions and artists involved, the goal is to provide a trove of shareable imagery raising awareness about the importance of voting and providing useful information regarding registration, key dates and facts and polling station locations via 

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    February 17, 2018 - May 27, 2018
    Deichtorstraße 1-2
    Hamburg, GERMANY

    With works by FRANCISCO GOYA (1746–1828), SERGEI EISENSTEIN (1898–1948), and ROBERT LONGO (1953), the exhibition PROOF offers insights into the particular positions from which artists reflect on the social, cultural, and political complexities of their times.
    From the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries across three continents, these three artists experienced the turbulence of a turn of the century as well as the seismic effects of revolution, civil rights movements, and war. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Goya chose the medium of printmaking for his socially critical series of works and haunting images of war. Beginning in the 1920s, Eisenstein dealt with Russian history in classic films such as »The Battleship Potemkin« (1925) and »Ivan the Terrible« (1945). The New York-based artist Robert Longo explores burning contemporary issues such as terrorism, refugee movements, modern warfare, and symbols of power in his drawings ranging up to 7.5 meters in size.

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  • September 23, 2017 - January 14, 2018
    Sara Hilden Art Museum
    Särkänniemi, Tampere

    The solo exhibition of the American artist Robert Longo (b. 1953) in the Sara Hildén Art Museum is the first extensive presentation of his works in the Nordic countries.

    The black-and-white visual world of the American artist Robert Longo challenges our conception of the Truth. It produces unexpected analogies between content and form. The main focus of the exhibition Robert Longo, presented by the Sara Hildén Art Museum, is on Longo’s large-scale charcoal drawings. He has said that he is an “image thief", who exploits films, historically significant paintings, and the continuous stream of media pictures in his work, seeking to create a balance between the highly personal and the socially relevant.

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  • Proof: Francisco Goya, Sergei Eisenstein, Robert Longo
    September 8, 2017 - January 7, 2018
    Brooklyn Museum
    200 Eastern Parkway
    Brooklyn, New York

    Bringing together the work of three innovative chroniclers, Proof: Francisco Goya, Sergei Eisenstein, Robert Longo offers insight into the energy, empathy, and creativity with which these artists recounted and reimagined their realities.

    Together spanning four centuries and three continents, Spanish artist Francisco Goya (1746–1828), Russian filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein (1898–1948), and contemporary American artist Robert Longo (born 1953) each witnessed a turbulent transition from one era to another and the profound repercussions of revolution, war, and civil unrest. Within a broad chronological framework, Proof traces the historical lineage of a visual language and artistic impulse.

    Featuring artwork almost exclusively in black and white, Proof showcases the artists’ technical acuity and bold experimentation in three mediums: etching, film, and charcoal drawing. With a rare combination of selections, it invites viewers to find new meaning in artworks not normally encountered together. These works call to mind images—such as mutiny on a Russian battleship, or American riot police standing guard at a political protest—that are usually represented through journalistic coverage, yet they express the artists’ personal, often emotional, perspectives. As the exhibition title suggests, Goya, Eisenstein, and Longo together provide proof not only of significant events or actions, but more crucially of their ongoing resonances through art.


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  • Proof: Francisco Goya, Sergei Eisenstein, Robert Longo
    September 30, 2016 - February 5, 2017
    Garage Museum of Contemporary Art
    9/32 Krymsky Val
    119049, Moscow, Russia

    Featuring works by Francisco Goya (1746-1828), Sergei Eisenstein (1898-1948) and Robert Longo (1953-) Proof offers insight into the singularity of vision through which artists can reflect social, cultural, and political complexities of their times.

    Spanning eras and continents, each artist witnessed the turbulent transition from one century to another, experiencing the seismic impacts of revolution, civil unrest, and war. While Goya served church and king, Eisenstein the state, and Longo emerged during the rise of the contemporary art market—the dominant benefactors of each period—they all rose to prominence through developing nuanced practices that challenged expectations and demand.

    Looking to innovations in technique and technology, each artist has worked across mediums—from painting and printmaking, to sculpture, film, and performance—but all continuously turn to drawing as a primary tool to articulate thinking. Rendering the societal impact of politics and power in black and white, the artists have diversely experimented with narrative visual forms, beyond traditional reportage, to chronicle events and provide an impassioned portrayal of the world around them.

    Curated by Garage chief curator, Kate Fowle, in collaboration with Robert Longo, Proof was developed through extensive conversations between the artist and curator arising out of Longo’s decades-long influence of Goya and Eisenstein. This inspired two research trips by Longo to Russia, during which he met with the leading Eisenstein specialist, Naum Kleiman, and visited the Russian State Archive of Literature and Art to study the Eisenstein archive and select drawings for the show. Longo also consulted with curators from the Central Museum of Contemporary History of Russia (formerly the Museum of the Revolution) in Moscow, and the Hermitage State Museum in St Petersburg, to explore the importance of Goya in Russia, particularly in relation to the Russian Revolution.

    As a result, the exhibition includes forty-three of Eisenstein’s sketches from the Russian State Archive of Literature and Art that have not been exhibited before. These will be presented alongside seven of his films that will be projected in slow motion, so that each frame can be experienced as independent images. Forty-nine of Goya’s aquatint etchings, from all four of his suites, will be loaned for the first time from the State Central Museum of Contemporary History of Russia and more than thirty-five works by Longo, produced in the last five years, loaned from international collections.

    A catalogue will be published. 


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  • I Like America
    September 27, 2015 - September 4, 2016
    Schauwerk Sindelfingen
    Sindelfingen, Germany

    The exhibition I LIKE AMERICA, with works from the collection of Christiane Schaufler-Münch and Peter Schaufler, brings together over a hundred works of art by forty American artists.The presentation includes works from the period between 1960 and 2014 with an emphasis on the 1990s and 2000s. The exhibition traces back conceptual movements in painting, sculpture, graphic arts and photography since the 1960s with a focus on Abstract Expressionism, Pop-Art, Minimal Art, and Concept Art.

    For further information please visit the museum's website here

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  • The Artist Project
    June 24, 2015 - March 1, 2016
    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, launches the second season of The Artist Project, an online series in which 100 artists choose individual works of art or galleries that spark their imaginations. In this online series, artists reflect on what art is and what inspires them from across 5,000 years of art. Their unique and passionate ways of seeing and experiencing art encourage all museum visitors to look in a personal way.

    Over the course of five seasons, The Artist Project will share the perspectives of one hundred artists with the public, telling us what they see when they look at The Met.

    In Season 1 which started in March 2015 renowned artists such as Tom Sachs or Cory Arcangel participated in the project. In the second season Robert Longo, Rona Pondick and David Salle will share their view amongst seventeen other international artists.

    Read more about the The Artist Project by clicking here or click on the artists' name to discover their view on art as part of the project:

    Cory Arcangel

    Robert Longo

    Rona Pondick

    Tom Sachs

    David Salle

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  • This Is (not) Music
    April 25, 2013 - June 9, 2013
    Friche Belle de Mai
    Marseille, France

    During 40 days, This is (not) Music will occupy the 40 000 m2 of the Friche la Belle de Mai. It will combine contemporary art, music, action sports, street art, graphic arts and projections shedding light on the influence boardsports have on contemporary art and culture. Works by Tom Sachs and Robert Longo will be featured in the exhibition curated by Richard Leydier.


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  • The Capitol Project
    March 24, 2013 - August 25, 2013
    The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
    Ridgefield, CT

    The Capitol Project juxtaposes an immense seven-panel drawing of the US Capitol Building against eighty-one intimate and immediate studies. Capitol (2013) hangs alone on the longest wall, its placement and dimensions reminiscent of a cinema screen. The drawing's compositional perspective suggests an optical zooming in; the building appears to be moving forward towards the center of the room. The dialogue between the studies and Capitol is sparked by the starkly contrasting scales and installations, speaking to the play of dualities pervading Longo's many bodies of work.  This exhibition is curated by Aldrich curatorial consultant Kelly Taxter.

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  • Art and Press
    March 22, 2012 - June 24, 2012
    Im Martin - Gropius Bau
    Berlin, Germany

    This exhibition in Gropius Bau, Berlin, provides information on the role of Newspaper in the art from the mid-19th Century to the 1990s, since the beginning of the modern art, newspaper have been used very differently: as an independent subject, as artistic material, as a political statement or as a motif pattern.

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