Study of Split Roaring Tiger by Robert Longo

Tokyo Gendai

Jul 5 – Jul 7, 2024

Tokyo Gendai
Jul 5 – 7, 2024


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Above: Robert Longo, Study of Split Roaring Tiger, 2023, Ink and charcoal on vellum, 32" × 15-1/2" (81.3 cm × 39.4 cm), each panel; 42 ¼” x 43 ¼” x 1 ½” (107.3 cm x 109.9 cm x 3.8 cm), framed © Robert Longo

Pace’s booth at Tokyo Gendai 2024 will spotlight a selection of drawings and studies by Robert Longo, a key figure in the Pictures Generation of the 1970s and 1980s known for his ambitiously scaled, highly detailed, hyper-realistic charcoal compositions.

Among the works Longo will show are large-scale drawings inspired by Bernini's Ecstasy of Saint Teresa (1647–1652) sculptural altarpiece and Hokusai's iconic The Great Wave off Kanagawa (1831) print. Smaller-scale ink and charcoal drawings on the booth depict a peaceful forest, a breaching whale, a sleek pilot helmet, and other subjects that, in Longo's words, "echo the magic of Tokyo, a city that so beautifully encompasses tradition, nature, and innovation." The artist's first major solo exhibition in Tokyo took place in 1995, when the Isetan Museum of Art presented a retrospective of his work. Further details about Longo's presentation on Pace's booth at Tokyo Gendai will be revealed in due course.

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Robert Longo

Robert Longo was born in 1953 in Brooklyn and grew up in Long Island, New York. He graduated high school in 1970, weeks after the Ohio National Guard massacred several students at Kent State University who were protesting the U.S. invasion of Cambodia. One of those killed was a former classmate of Longo’s, and his body was shown in a Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph that was seen across the world. The event shocked Longo, triggering his interest in political activism and media imagery.

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