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Robert Longo

Lazarus Manifold

On View
Nov 5 – Dec 18, 2021
New York
 
Exhibition Details:

Robert Longo
Lazarus Manifold
Nov 5 – Dec 18, 2021

Gallery:

540 West 25th Street
New York

Press:

Press Release

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@robert_longo_studio

Above: Robert Longo, Images from left to right: Untitled (Warrior), 2021; Untitled (Field of Cotton, Alabama), 2019; Untitled (Tattered Vert Flag) 2021; Untitled (Opioid, Oxycontin), 2018; Untitled (Fallen Bird), 2021

This exhibition of recent work by Robert Longo will feature Untitled (American Sinscape), a suite of five large-scale charcoal drawings, and the cast bronze sculpture Untitled (A Column of Time: One Year of The New York Times, March 2020–March 2021).

Pace Gallery is pleased to present Lazarus Manifold, an exhibition of recent work by Robert Longo, on the seventh floor of 540 West 25th Street in New York. Running from November 5 to December 18, the presentation follows Longo’s debut solo show at Pace, I do fly / After summer merrily, which was on view in New York this fall. Lazarus Manifold will feature Untitled (American Sinscape), a suite of five large-scale charcoal drawings, and the cast bronze sculpture Untitled (A Column of Time: One Year of The New York Times, March 2020–March 2021).

The five drawings contemplate the crimes upon which America was built while also serving as records of various ongoing crises in the US. Detailed renderings of a Native American headdress; a field of cotton; a tattered flag; a pile of opioid pills; and the wing of a fallen bird are uniformly sized and installed in close succession. The order of the images indicates a chronology, and each work activates the next to gain a perpetual momentum akin to that found among the five spheres of a Newton Pendulum.

Untitled (American Sinscape) is, in part, a tribute to James Rosenquist’s monumental painting F-111 (1964–65), which comprises fragmented images representing and denouncing American militarism. At 30 feet long, Longo’s new installation encourages viewers to meditate on American history. While the works examine the country’s past, they also allude to urgent social and political issues that persist today.

The sculpture is a bronze casting of a stack of newspapers the artist collected each day for one year during the pandemic: a fitting memorial to a tragic, bizarre, and disruptive year. The project began in March 2020 as the pandemic precipitated widespread shutdowns in the US. The stack of newspapers next to Longo’s desk became a visual representation of the shared and overwhelming experience of living through a year of civil unrest, global mourning, and crushing uncertainty. Towering over the viewer’s head at nearly ten-feet-tall, the bronze structure embodies a similar precariousness. In making the work, Longo was inspired by the illusion of endlessness in Constantin Brancusi’s The Endless Column (1937), a 98-feet-tall memorial to the fallen Romanian soldiers of World War I. While Brancusi’s monolith stretches well beyond reach, there is indeed an end in sight.

Longo is currently the subject of a solo exhibition—presented in collaboration with Pace Gallery, Metro Pictures, and Jeffrey Deitch—at the Palm Springs Art Museum, California, on view through March 27, 2022. In fall 2024, the artist will open a retrospective at the Albertina Museum, Vienna.

 

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About the Artist

Robert Longo continues to work with characteristic scale, precision, and perceptiveness, achieving images that, while drawn from recent history, would be otherwise impossible to see with the human eye.

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