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From the Wave series : Monsters

  08. 03. - 08. 05 2002

Eröffnung: Freitag , 8. März 2002, 18 bis 20 Uhr

The Straits of Power and The American Psyche : „ ... Robert Longo is the first to admit that this latest series of works, the Waves, are connected to the times he grew up in. While he loved going to the beach as a youth, he was also aware of the Viet Nam War that was raging in jungles wich were not just thousands of miles away but right in our living rooms, even as the Beach Boys were harmonizing the beauty of California girls. The disassociations, like the associations were relentless, not unlike the surf itself. Next to the tunes of the Beatles and the Beach Boys, there were those of the Rolling Stones and the Doors. When Robert Longo was growing up, the American Civil War was both less and more than a hundred years old. Why shouldn´t he now, after all these years, during wich so little time has passed, perceive in the same Wave „something hypnotic and spiritual, as well as something as frightening as a soldier doing battle". Or hear „in the sound of the surf, the sound of men charging?". by Richard Milazzo, 2000

1953 in Brooklyn geboren, Lebt und arbeitet in New York City. Seine Werke befinden sich in privaten und öffentlichen Sammlungen wie Art Institute of Chicago, Guggenheim Museum, New York, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Ludwig-Forum fur Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany, Musee d'Art Contemporain, Montreal, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Tate Gallery, London, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York ; zahlreiche Veröffentlichungen im In- und Ausland sowie häufige Beteiligung an internationalen Ausstellungen in : Kunsthalle Tubingen - Germany, Kunsthal Rotterdam - Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany - Museum Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany - The Isetan Museum of Art, Tokyo - Hamburger Kunstverein, Germany - The Los Angeles County Museum of Art - Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago - Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany - The Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki - Seattle Art Museum - La Biennale di Venezia 1997 - Whitney Museum of American Art, New York - "Passions Privee," Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris - Kunsthalle Basel - Dokumenta Kassel...

Film and Video :

1986-92 directed videos for New Order, REM, Helmet, and World Saxophone Quartet, among others
1987 "Arena Brains," Elektra/Asylum Records, 34 minute film premiered at New York Film Festival, released on home video in 1988, produced
by Victoria Hamburg and Jonathan Bender, edited by Rick Feist, written by Eric Bogosian, E. Max Frye, Robert Longo, Emily Prager, and
Richard Price, Pressure Pictures
R.E.M.'s "The One I Love," IRS Records, produced by Victoria Hamburg, edited by Gretchen Bender, nominated for Best Director, MTV
Awards, 1988, Pressure Pictures
1995 "Johnny Mnemonic" feature-film starring K. Reeves, Dolph Lundgren, Barbara Sukowa, Henry Rollins, Ice-T,Takeshi Kitano, and Dina
Meyer, adaptation of a short story by William Gibson, Caroloco Films, Tristar Pictures


From the Wave series : Monsters
Study for Untitled (hot pipe), 2001
Charcoal and ink on vellum
30 x 25 cm
From the Wave series : Monsters
Untitled (white water tube), 2001
Charcoal on mounted paper
86 x 152 cm