Beginning the series in 1979, “Men in the Cities” made Robert Longo, then a young artist, an integral part of New York’s growing underground art scene. Longo photographed his business attired models, anchored by ropes, dodging objects that he threw at them on a New York City rooftop as they contorted in emotional and reactionary movement. These images of unanticipated elegance were then used as the basis for eerily realistic charcoal drawings that would come to symbolize the Wall Street era.

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Robert Longo (American, b. 1953) is a painter and sculptor. He received his BFA from Buffalo State College where he was closely associated with fellow student Cindy Sherman. Shortly after school, he moved to New York City and quickly joined the growing underground art scene in the late 1970s. Longo is best known for his hauntingly realistic works on paper, the most famous of which being “Men in the Cities.” A master draftsman, Longo has said of his own work, “I think I make art for brave eyes. I don't want to make art that will pat you on the back and tell you everything is going to be okay. I want to make something that's much more confronting. You don't look at it, it looks at you as much as you look at it.”

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Untitled (Janet, from Men in the Cities), 2016
Lot Number 5
Archival pigment print
Image: 15.72 x 10 in (37.4 × 25.4 cm)
Sheet: (18 x 14 in) 45.7 × 35.6 cm
Edition of 100
20 AP
Signed and numbered on recto
Estimate $2,000 - $3,000
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Untitled (Janet, from Men in the Cities)