Study for Hot Sun
signed, titled and dated 'Study for Hot Sun Robert Longo 2006' (lower edge)
ink and charcoal on vellum
image: 8 ⅜ x 9 ¾ in. (21.3 x 24.8 cm.)
sheet: 17 ¼ x 18 ⅛ in. (43.8 x 46 cm.)
Executed in 2006.
Metro Pictures, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner
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Lot Essay

Robert Longo is known as a master with charcoal. Through a labor-intensive process, Longo obsessively layers swathes of charcoal lifting imagery from photographs. Longo writes, “drawing from photos is a way of reclaiming the images that haunt us. By drawing them, I make them become not just something I am looking at but something that becomes part of me.” Thus, in the present lot, Longo captures a sweltering, throbbing sun, the center of our universe, with thickly applied charcoal seizing the umbra and penumbra.

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