ROBERT LONGO’S “PHANTOM VESSELS” AT GALERIE THADDAEUS ROPAC
Robert Longo earned his art star in the 1980s with his now iconic “Men in Cities” series of black & white charcoal drawings showing suited up businessmen writing in some existential Wall Street-induced agony (Patrick Bateman’s “American Psycho” apartment wouldn’t have been complete without one). Since then, he has continued to build on his legacy with an ever-expanding body of incredible, mostly large-scale photorealistic charcoal on paper drawings of everything from fighter pilots to great white sharks in attack mode, and seemingly everything in between. His current show, “Phantom Vessels” at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in Salzburg, Austria finds him in top form with a new series of works quite divergent in subject matter, but unified in technical virtuosity. Regarding the enigmatic title of the show, As Longo explains, “the works attempt to recharge classic archetypes by reactivating mythologies from the various backgrounds that make up our current cultural and political climate.” Sounds like Grade A artspeak to us, but luckily, the work more than speaks for itself.
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