1.10.16 - 16.10.16, Triumph Gallery
Participating artists: Paolo Arao, Jason Bartell, Alexander Barton, Alexandra Baye, Edwin Bethea, Corey Bond, Sarah Brenneman, Kirsten Deirup, Brock Enright, Julio Gonzalez, Kelsey Henderson, Kipton Hinsdale, Colin Hunt, Garrick Imatani, William Latta, Qing Liu, Robert Longo, Viktor Longo, Owen McAuley, Ivanny Pagan, Brian Rattiner, Bernice Rubin, Eric Schnell, Miles Shelton, James Sheppard, Nathan Spondike. Curator: Victoria Dushkina
Opening September 30th 2016, Triumph Gallery in Moscow will present «Artists/Assistants. Robert Longo Studio (1983–2016)» group exhibition exploring the artistic infrastructure that has existed for several decades in New York and the role of the artist assistant—a figure that reappeared in art discourse starting from the 1960s. Focusing on one case study as an example, Artists/Assistants brings together the work of twenty-five American artists, who are now working or have previously worked in Robert Longo’s studio over the last three decades. The exhibition examines the tradition of artists and their assistants.
The major historical anchor of this project is the story of Robert Longo himself. In 1977, when a twenty-four year old Longo arrived in New York from Buffalo State College, he was just starting to find his own artistic footing. Not long after arriving, Longo assisted artists such as Vito Acconci and Dennis Oppenheim while participating in his first exhibitions, including the seminal 1977 group exhibition Pictures at Artists Space. Among other works, Pictures showed Longo’s aluminium relief The American Soldier (1977), the image which later became a basis for his critically acclaimed Men in the Cities series (1979–1983). Over forty works will be on display at Triumph Gallery, using different mediums, styles and subject matter; from works on paper, paintings, photography to sculptures and sound installations.
Focusing on one selected group of artists connected by their work in Longo’s studio over the past three decades, the exhibition aims to introduce Moscow audiences to a new generation of American practitioners. The exhibition also intends to identify a group sensibility, whilst exploring the individual style of each participant, as if to unfold an alternative family tree. Artists/Assistants will also present the work of Longo himself, Study for Little Face (2003) from the Monsters series (2000–present). Sixteen years ago, this series laid the foundation for his large-scale black and white charcoal drawings, which have remained his signature style to this day.On the opening night, the gallery will host a Moscow debut performance by Viktor Longo, a young New York-based musician, who has been working at the studio for the last two years.
The concept behind Artists/Assistants. Robert Longo Studio (1983–2016) came about while the curator was involved in the process of preparing the exhibition Proof: Francisco Goya, Sergei Eisenstein, Robert Longo for Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow. Alongside Goya and Eisenstein’s works, the exhibition Proof will present more than thirty large-scale drawings made by Longo over the course of fifteen years.
Image: Alexander Barton, I Love NY, 2015, Tar on t-shirt, 33 x 33 cm