Current   Past   Upcoming RUBY SKY STILER: A Reading
22.05.2014 - 12.07.2014

LAURENT KROPF: Les éléments
21.03.2014 - 16.05.2014

COMBUSTION: Curated by Yann Chateigné
24.01.2014 - 15.03.2014

CHRISTIAN GONZENBACH: Icons Idols
08.11.2013 - 21.12.2013

JOSSE BAILLY & ANNE LE TROTER: Pas de Deux
13.09.2013 - 02.11.2013

JAM SESSION - SUMMER SHOW
05.07.2013 - 31.08.2013

VIRGINIE OTTH: Internal Dimension
05.06.2013 - 28.07.2013

EVAN GRUZIS: Strictly Method
03.05.2013 - 27.06.2013

CHRIS SUCCO: The Soft Machine
15.03.2013 - 27.04.2013

LAPSES: Olga Cafiero, Clare Kenny, Sebastien Verdon
18.01.2013 - 02.03.2013

SARAH CROWNER: Geometric Park
02.11.2012 - 11.01.2013

THOMAS BONNY: I'm Still Here
14.09.2012 - 27.10.2012

RUBY SKY STILER: A Punch, a Blade, a Pointed Hammer
04.05.2012 - 28.06.2012

LA LOGE curated by Denis Pernet
16.03.2012 - 14.04.2012

HADRIEN DUSSOIX: Disclosed Process
20.01.2012 - 10.03.2012

JEAN-BAPTISTE BERNADET: Réservoir
19.11.2011 - 14.01.2012

LAURENT KROPF: Allegro ma non troppo
16.09.2011 - 12.11.2011

DARK VISION: Group show
08.07.2011 - 03.09.2011

JOSSE BAILLY: Put Your Brushes Where I Can See Them
20.05.2011 - 02.07.2011

CHRISTIAN GONZENBACH: Holometabolic
18.03.2011 - 14.05.2011

UNDER CONSTRUCTION: Group show
21.01.2011 - 12.03.2011

EVAN GRUZIS: Rough Boy
13.11.2010 - 15.01.2011

GARY SIMMONS: Double Feature
17.09.2010 - 06.11.2010

FURER & SERRATI: Perpendicular to the Galaxy
21.05.2010 - 15.07.2010

HADRIEN DUSSOIX: Beyond Good & Evil
19.03.2010 - 08.05.2010

HENRIK STROMBERG: Vanishing
22.01.2010 - 06.03.2010

DAVID MALEK: Safety Yellow
13.11.2009 - 16.01.2010

ROBERT LONGO: No Wave
18.09.2009 - 07.11.2009

GEAN MORENO & CELINE PERUZZO: Gardy Loo!
15.05.2009 - 04.07.2009

JOYCE KIM: Paintings
20.03.2009 - 07.05.2009

ROMINA SHAMA: Run
04.12.2008 - 24.01.2009

JOSSE BAILLY: Hard Attack
30.10.2008 - 29.11.2008

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ROBERT LONGO: No Wave

SAKS presents the first solo exhibition in Switzerland of the American artist Robert Longo: beauty and force of destruction merge in his impressive charcoal works.

Darkness, violence, the evocation of destruction – the works of Robert Longo are the vector of deep and primitive emotions anchored in the collective unconscious and in the conscious of each individual.  Charcoal sculpts literally the outsized paper:  the chiselled strokes, of classical aspect, give his drawings a three-dimensional quality, the gamut of black exacerbates the dramatic dimension:  the artist confronts the spectator with a radical elegant vision.

Representation of representation, the drawings explore the iconography of popular culture, probe the power of the photographic image, and scrutinize the image of the authority of power and of its instruments.

Robert Longo draws the dramatic and violent energy contained in his works from the sources of No Wave:  an underground movement, nihilistic and provocative, originating in 1977 in the Lower East Side of New York.  It arose from the ashes of the hippie and flower people generation and conceptual art.  He actively participated in this explosive moment of experimentation, both musical and artistic, of which the shock wave is still being felt today. The energy and power of the No Wave period became the fuel for the creative motor of Robert Longo.

In parallel to the exhibition, the photographs of Catherine Ceresole’s New York period bear witness to the emulation of these unrestrained and provocative No Wave years which reigned on the scenes of experimental music concerts – a fusion of free jazz with punk and funk – epicentres of improvisation, dissonance and deconstruction.

Exhibition in collaboration with the Metro Pictures gallery, New York.

 

The Artist's website www.robertlongo.com