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Robert Loughlin, Billy Beer, Painting on Canvas Panel, White, Black, Red, Signed

US$7,500

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Robert Loughlin Billy beer, painting on canvas panel, white, black, red, signed. Robert Loughlin, 1949-2011. A right profile Brute portrait executed with enamel paint on a 16" x 20" canvas panel. Signed with initials in lower left front. Loughlin often incorporated pop culture references in his works. Billy Beer was a fad beer from the 1970's, named for and endorsed by Billy Carter, the brother of former President Jimmy Carter. Loughlin further illustrates his sarcasm and humor on the verso by placing quotation marks around "Painted in 2008 USA". He even dutifully filled out the artist's fields of the Fredrix's canvas panel: Title: Billy Beer, Artist: Robert Loughlin, Medium: Enamel. Provenance: Purchased by a Manhattan architect at the Chelsea Antiques Market in 2009. He sold it to us in 2017. Artist's biography by Stephen Neil Greengard circa 1990: Robert Loughlin is a latter-day Vandal. He defiles worn out standards and in the process creates a new art (although he would probably protest the epithet ‘artist’ precisely because he refuses to be sighted, catalogued, described, defined. He ransacks antique stores, thrift shops, flea markets, galleries, estates, and emerges with some treasure or monstrosity as proof of his visit. He will paint anything: furniture, wood, metal, plastic, glass, textiles, nothing is sacred. And a good thing too, because paradoxically, what he destroys he improves. That is the essence of his art. Loughlin demonstrates this even on the surfaces of his own canvases, painting over paintings, applying new surfaces and partially removing them to reveal a multi-layered history. The richness of these exercises improves with time and reveal more of his basic iconography. Loughlin’s obsessions are: Modern design and freedom (not necessarily in that order.) These he wields daily. Hourly. And they are everywhere visible in his work. His figures are men, brutish to the point of pornography, but this veiled sexuality is merely a vehicle to escape the ugliness of the city. They are projections of his wildness, his ideal of freedom. They are heroic. Life consists with wildness. The most alive is the wildest. It may be the preservation of the world. Graffiti- now rather a bad word among art-thinking circles- still means, and one hopes always will mean a crude, vital drawing or inscription on stone, plaster or some other hard surface. It is a form of poetry; signals, not always liable to interpretation, of the same order as the Prehistoric cave painting or the strip of papyrus. They remind us. Loughlin’s work is dark, yet luminous. Genius is a light which makes the darkness visible.

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  • Dimensions
    Height: 25.63 in. (65.11 cm)Width: 21.5 in. (54.61 cm)Depth: 1.38 in. (3.51 cm)
  • Style
    Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    2008
  • Condition
    Additions or alterations made to the original: Wood frame added by previous owner. Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU95697894823

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