Item description for Robert Longo: The Freud Drawings by Robert Longo, Rainer Metzger & Werner Spies...
On June 4, 1938, having paid the "German Reich Escape Tax" and the "Jew Property Tax," Sigmund Freud left his apartment at 19 Berggasse forever. A few days before his emigration from Vienna to London, photographer Edmund Engelmann courageously and secretively recorded Freud's legendary residence, documenting it in photographs that were eventually published. An old volume of these photographs was presented to artist Robert Longo in 1993, acting as the catalyst and primary source material for the 30 large-size charcoal works that constitute The Freud Drawings. Via Longo's charcoal, Freud's deserted rooms become an admonition of a destroyed world, tension-filled reminiscences of a place both momentous and monstrous, eclipsed and strange.
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More About Robert Longo, Rainer Metzger & Werner Spies
Robert Longo was born in 1953 in Brooklyn. His large-scale drawings of photo-realistic scenes, for which he is best known, have been exhibited internationally, most recently in solo exhibitions at the Jewish Museum in Berlin, Metro Pictures in New York and the Albertina in Vienna.