new-york

Robert Longo

Metro Pictures

Robert Longo is the second New York artist I know of (the other being Nancy Chunn) to have lately submitted himself to the same monklike task: the creation of one artwork a day, every day, for a year. Such self-imposed observances evoke a certain rigor and piety that seem novel in the case of Longo, a splashy ’80s art star. As drawings in grisaille—in charcoal, graphite, chalk, and marker on semi-translucent vellum—the works are also modest and grave in palette, and each of them being around two feet in its longest dimension, they are small in size for this artist, who often works at scale and in relief. Thomas Kellein, who wrote the essay for the project’s catalogue, accordingly finds in them an “intimacy” that he attributes to Longo’s “returning to handcrafting in a domestic environment” after the intense collaboration of directing a movie. Since that movie, Johnny Mnemonic, was reviewed

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