Sale: 520 / Evening Sale, June 18. 2021 in Munich Lot 390

 
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Robert Longo
Nights Bright Days (Diptychon), 2008.
Charcoal on paper
Post auction sale: € 170,000 / $ 204,000
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Lot description
Nights Bright Days (Diptychon). 2008.
Charcoal on paper.
Monogrammed and dated on the reverse of the right sheet. Total dimensions: 275 x 301 cm (108.2 x 118.5 in).

• Robert Longo fascinates the observer with his perfect technique.
• His principle of drawing lies in the effects of photography.
• Striking distance in monumental format
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PROVENANCE: - Galeria Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid.
- Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles/California (with a label on the reverse).
- Private collection Europe.

EXHIBITION: 2008 EXHIBITION AT MARGO LEAVIN GALLERY, LOS ANGELES (https://www.robertlongo.com/series/perfectgods/ illu. on homepage).

Essay
In his large-size works in charcoal, Robert Longo speaks to the beholder's eye more directly than many others do. Black plays a dominant role in his drawings, the matte yet multifaceted black of the charcoal alone creates an inescapable effect that is characteristic of his works. Longo himself explains that it is only this medium that does justice to his will to express himself: "For me, drawing was something that I knew how to use, a means with which I could realize a vision. However, the reaction to the craftsmanship of the drawing I did not intend. [..] I didn't want anyone to react to the work because of the perfection of the drawings. The drawings seem more drawn than they actually are, for me they work like large black-and-white abstractions. [..] I wanted to create monumental drawings that were as big as action paintings and felt like sculptures. [..] My drawings are like sculptures, when I work with graphite and charcoal, I smear them with my fingers, move them physically, they are like clay. I never really wanted to paint. It always seemed too dirty to me, too slow, too much like just covering a surface. When you draw you work the picture into the surface like a photograph", said Robert Longo in an interview with the American writer and screenwriter Richard Price in 1987 (quote from: Robert Longo, Men in The City, Photographs 1976-1982, Munich 2009, p. 126f.). The desire to work quickly, as mentioned in these lines, is ultimately only partially true for Longo's large-format charcoal drawings, as their creation is subject to a lengthy drawing process. However, the large-size motifs are based on photos. Photography allows to capture decisive moments quicker than any other medium does. Richard Longo often only selects small details once he has found an image; these sections are then enlarged several times. With a sure eye, the artist achieves this touching effect. The diptych "Nights Bright Days" shows the small section of a woman's face. Since the eyes are covered by her hair falling on her forehead, it is impossible to tell whether she is looking out of the window, or if she is looking at a picture or a person in front of her. This remains unanswered and is up to our imagination. But the extreme tension can be felt. On the two over-sized drawings, which only develop their full effect when put together, the crackling tension arises from the left, apparently completely dark side. In it the reduction to the essentials of an emotion, which is so characteristic of Richard Longo, becomes manifest. [EH]
390
Robert Longo
Nights Bright Days (Diptychon), 2008.
Charcoal on paper
Post auction sale: € 170,000 / $ 204,000
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