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
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