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Robert Longo

Body of a Comic


Robert Longo, Body of a Comic, 1984  91.59.2a-o
Robert Longo, Body of a Comic, 1984. Painted steel drums with motor, timer, and photograph, 120 × 114 × 48 in. (304.8 x 289.56 x 121.92 cm) overall. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Raymond J. Learsy, by exchange  91.59.2a-o
© 2010 Robert Longo / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


In this video, Anne & Joel Ehrenkranz Curator Chrissie Iles speaks with artist Robert Longo about his work, Body of a Comic (1984). The artist describes why he dedicated the sculpture to the late comedian Andy Kaufmann and his desire for the work to “die” and come back to life.