Robert Longo Abstract Painting - Maroon Cross on White
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Robert Longo
Maroon Cross on White



An original signed oil over acrylic paint on Herald Tribune newspaper by American artist Robert Longo (1953-) titled "Maroon Cross on White", 1991. Hand pencil signed and dated by Longo lower right. Hand pencil titled by Longo across the bottom over the white acrylic paint. "114" inscribed lower left. Part of Longo's "Face Time" series which was completed while he lived in Paris, France, 1990-1991. This series was a direct inspiration and in homage of Russian artist Kazimir Malevich (1878-1935), the pioneer of "Suprematism". This artwork among others were exhibited at Galerie Hans Mayer, Düsseldorf, Germany in 1991 for Robert Longo's exhibit: "The Invention of Zero (after Malevich)". The gallery timed this presentation of this work to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the year that Kasimir Malevich made his influential painting, Black Square (1915), a black square on a white canvas, thus the direct inspiration. Provenance: ex-private collection Sante Fe, New Mexico. Artwork is floated within a frame. Recently framed, floated on 100% cotton rag matting and museum mounted inside a contemporary white maple moulding. Framed size: 27" x 34". Artwork size: 22.75" x 29.75". In excellent condition. Longo created his “Face Time” series of works on paper—selections from which are also on view in the show—when he was living in Paris in the early 1990s as an expat surrounded by news of the fall of the Berlin wall and the dawn of the Gulf War. For “Face Time,” Longo responded to the charged headlines that streaked across daily papers by covering a page from The Herald Tribune with paint each day. Longo almost completely obscured the text but let some especially forceful phrases show through, and in the end, the extended series served as a means of engaging with important world events that the artist felt at once removed from but deeply affected by. Robert Longo (born January 7, 1953) is an American painter and sculptor. Longo became a rising star in the 1980s for his "Men in the Cities" series, which depicted sharply dressed men and women writhing in contorted emotion. Robert Longo was born in 1953 in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Long Island. He had a childhood fascination with mass media: movies, television, magazines, and comic books, which continue to influence his art. Longo began college at the University of North Texas, in the town of Denton, but left before getting a degree. He later studied sculpture under Leonda Finke, who encouraged him to pursue a career in the visual arts. In 1972, Longo received a grant to study at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, Italy. Upon his return to New York, Longo enrolled at Buffalo State College, where he received a BFA in 1975. While at Buffalo State, he studied under, and was likely influenced by art professor Joseph Piccillo. At this time he was associated with artist Cindy Sherman, who was also studying art at Buffalo State. While in college, Longo and his friends established an avant garde art gallery in their co-op building, the Essex Art Center, which was originally a converted ice factory; the gallery became Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center. Through his gallery efforts, Longo met many local and New York City artists. Longo eventually moved to New York City to join the underground art scene of the 1970s.


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    H 27 in. x W 34 in.

    H 68.58 cm x W 86.36 cm

  • Gallery location
    Somerset, VA
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