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’80s THEN

Robert Longo

MARY HAUS: You were involved in both the Hallwalls gallery in Buffalo and the “Pictures” show at Artists Space in New York in 1977—both of which many people feel opened the way for the ’80s.

ROBERT LONGO: I ended up in Buffalo in the mid-’70s [at the State University College of New York, as a fine arts major]. I had decided I wanted to be an artist after failing at everything else. I had just returned from Europe, studying art history. The college wasn’t much, but I was fortunate to meet up with some interesting people and a few teachers, and the fuse was lit.

Around that time I met Cindy [Sherman], and we started living together. I had just rented my first studio in an old ice factory. There I met Charlie Clough, an artist who was making really interesting work and who generously turned me on to the current contemporary art. He and I started Hallwalls, so called because the gallery space

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