Robert Longo, Untitled (Hercules), 2008, charcoal on paper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 2008, Robert Longo and Metro Pictures, Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment, 2009.1
Untitled (Hercules) combines stunning visual presence and awe-inspiring physical power—themes that have engaged the artist throughout his career. The image is based on an archival photograph of the first Chinese hydrogen bomb test performed June 17, 1967. Longo's elegant depiction of the looming mushroom cloud and the reality of what it signifies creates an elemental tension with this highly accomplished drawing. Meticulously drawn in black charcoal on white paper, and presented on a cinematic scale, Untitled (Hercules) presents an image of historical and contemporary significance.
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96 x 70 in. (243.8 x 177.8 cm)
© 2008, Robert Longo and Metro Pictures
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment
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- charcoal on paper
- Object – weapon – nuclear bomb
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