The New York-based artist talks about Goya and Eisenstein, making art from catastrophe, and the curious resilience of Johnny Mnemonic.
American life, bringing them to the surface with a mix of irony and melodrama. Longo himself rose to prominence with his iconic "Men in Cities" series, which depicts figures that appear to be either dancing or falling. They are never happy. This was the early 1980s.
Longo was a pivotal member of the Pictures Generation, so named for the 1977 exhibition curated by Douglas Crimp at Artists Space that blended the conceptual and aesthetic. One of this grouping's defining features was its use of appropriation, so it's hardly surprising that its members also like to collaborate. Longo and Richard Prince photographed many of Cindy Sherman's breakout "Untitled Film Stills," for example, and the crew's collective influence has permeated visual culture to the point that even the dumbest Instagram post borrows their language.