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Robert Longo Men in the Cities (Gretchen and Eric)
The New York artist Robert Longo has shot films, music videos and cut records. Yet perhaps the most well known body of work of the artist, who celebrates his 63rd birthday today, is Men in the Cities. This series of graphite and charcoal drawings of smartly dressed men and women also marks an anniversary this month. Though Longo began the series in 1979, they were first exhibited as a single body of work to great acclaim at the Metro Pictures gallery, New York City, 35 years ago this Sunday, January 10.
Inspired in part by the neo-noir cinema of Rainer Werner Fassbinder, but also taking in the rock star poses popularized by music videos, the preppy men’s clothing by the likes of Perry Ellis, and perhaps, the rise of Wall Street, these pictures embody the spirit of the age in a way that few works ever manage to.
Untitled, 1981, by Robert Longo. From Men In the Cities. As reproduced in Body of Art
“Monumental, stylized and suave,” as our editors put it in Body of Art, “Robert Longo’s larger-than-life drawings of flailing and collapsing men and women are icons of 1980s art.”
“Longo was fascinated by the arrested gestures of the figure,” Body of Art explains, “which reminded him of the spasmodic movements of punk musicians and fans. On the roof of his apartment building in lower Manhattan, Longo threw objects towards, and tied ropes around, his smartly dressed friends and photographed their reactive movements; the images were then projected on to paper, and Longo drew over them in great detail.”
Those friends included the fellow fine artist Cindy Sherman – a college pal of Longo's – and Larry Gagosian, founder of the Gagosian Gallery. Today, both Sherman and Gagosian are towering figures within the art world, yet 35 years ago their future, as well as Longo’s, was far from assured; perhaps these jerky, prone poses are as much about the emotional response to precarious urban living as homages to punk rock poses.

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Andy Warhol Flowers ( FS II.71)

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Two lithographs in three black colors on Arches 350g rag paper
Signed and dated 1985

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Edition Schellmann Munich and New York.

Flowers (FS II.71) from Portfolio of 10 Flowers, 1970
Signed in ball-point pen and numbered with a rubber stamp on verso
Screenprint on Paper
36 x 36 in
91.4 x 91.4 cm
Edition of 250

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Private collection, Philadelphia, PA.