Vincent Longo was born in New York City in 1923. He studied at the Cooper Union, New York, from 1942-1946, and at The Brooklyn Museum Art School from 1949-1950, studying with Max Beckmann and Ben Shahn. He went on to teach painting and printmaking at The Brooklyn Museum Art School in the mid-1950s, and printmaking at the Yale Summer School in the late-1950s and also in the late-1960s. Longo taught at Bennington College, VT from 1957 to 1967, a time when Kenneth Noland, Jules Olitski, and Paul Feeley were also teaching there, and at Hunter College, New York from 1967 until his retirement in 2001.
Although early in his career celebrated as an innovative printmaker, Longo painted continuously throughout his career. Since the early 1950s his work has been abstract and, since the 1960s at least, has tended to revolve around grids and often mandalas. From the early 1990s he was absorbed with works that evoke a check or lattice; "At the moment I'm mostly concerned with layering bands that indicate light and space but I still want to demonstrate that a key metaphor of painting is brushing color across a plane as a kind of essence of leaving a personal mark, a lingering trace."*
Vincent Longo died in September 2017.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2003 Hunter College, New York; "Vincent Longo. Reflections on Abstraction"
1995 Hunter College; "Vincent Longo Prints, 1954-1995, a retrospective"
1984-1995 Condesco / Lawler Gallery, New York; six print and painting exhibitions
1981 Adam Gimble Gallery, New York; paintings
1976 Andrew Crispo Gallery, New York; selected small paintings
1974 Susan Caldwell Gallery, New York; paintings and prints
1970 The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, and The Detroit Institute of Art; "Vincent Longo Print Retrospective"
1965 Fleming Museum, Bennington, VT; paintings
1963 Thibaut, New york; paintings
1956 Zabriski Gallery, New York; paintings
1953 Brooklyn Museum, "2 Fulbright Artists. Edmond Casarella and Vincent Longo"
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Whitney Museum of Art, New York
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Guggenheim Museum, New York
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Museum of Fine Art, Boston
Fogg Museum, Boston
The Brooklyn Museum, New York
The New York Public Library
Yale University Gallery, New Haven
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Oakland Art Museum, Oakland, CA
Detroit Institute of Arts
Guild Hall, Easthampton, NY
Biblioteque Nationale, Paris
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
* From a 2003 interview with Michael Brenson, included in the exhibition catalogue "Vincent Longo. Reflections on Abstraction", Hunter College, 2003.