Robert Longo

Gang of Cosmos


“Give me the charcoal!” New dorwings of Pollock, Rothko & co.


ISBN: 9783775741071 Category:


This catalogue focuses on Robert Longo’s recent series of charcoal drawings of well-known Abstract Expressionist paintings. Rendered in charcoal, the original paintings are immediately recognizable, but it is the overlooked or imperceptible details of the complex surface, the tactility of the paint, the brushstrokes and the pattern of the canvas that Longo has made visible in his translation from color to black-and-white, paint to charcoal. Exploring his ambivalence toward painting, Longo’s drawings address the historical magnitude of Abstract Expressionism in art historical and cultural contexts.Along with the Abstract Expressionist drawings, the book includes Longo’s enormous seven-panel drawing of the U.S. Capitol building and a 17-foot high black wax surfaced sculpture of an American flag that appears to collapse into or fall through the floor.

Additional information

Weight 1417 g
Dimensions 27.8 x 35.5 cm
Publisher name Hatje Cantz Verlag
Publication date 5 July 2017
Number of pages 128
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Text by Andrew Durbin
Dimensions 27.8 x 35.5 cm
Weight 1417 g


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