Jill Brienza 2017-11-30 21:25:58
From appearances in exhibitions worldwide to a Creative Timebacked project in NYC, Robert Longo’s new art uses political iconography to examine these turbulent times. The charcoal drawings of Robert Longo seem to have been working their way around the globe this year—from the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow, to the Sara Hildén Art Museum in Finland and now to New York City. His two-part installation American Bridge Project can be seen above Lexington Avenue, near East 68th Street, on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Spanning the sky bridges of Hunter College are images of the American flag and the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Longo’s rendering of them at such a grand scale invites conversation especially relevant to our times, and seeing members of Hunter’s highly diverse student body moving behind the semitranslucent work makes it even more poignant. Meanwhile, “Proof: Francisco Goya, Sergei Eisenstein, Robert Longo,” an exhibition currently on view at the Brooklyn Museum (curated by Kate Fowle in collaboration with Longo), juxtaposes works by three masters from what would seem to be vastly different eras, highlighting their commonality in speaking truth during turbulent times. In addition, Longo’s Untitled (Dividing Time), a 2017 work in the form of a flag, is on display outside the museum, as well as at other venues around the country, as part of Creative Time’s Pledges of Allegiance project. “Proof” travels to the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg, Germany, early next year. American Bridge Project is on view at Hunter College through December 1. “Proof: Francisco Goya, Sergei Eisenstein, Robert Longo” is on view at the Brooklyn Museum through January 7, 2018.
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