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Art as Ammo

Robert Longo’s Death Star is a 40,000-bullet argument against gun violence

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GUN SHY Longo’s 2-ton ball will debut on June 14 in the Unlimited exhibition at Art Basel in Switzerland.
COURTESY OF THE ROBERT LONGO, METRO PICTURES, NEW YORK, AND GALERIE THADDAEUS ROPAC LONDON, PARIS, SALZBURG
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The 20th anniversary of The Truman Show.

IN 1970, ROBERT LONGO WAS A SENIOR AT Plainview High School on New York’s Long Island—a football star with long hair who smoked pot. “I wasn’t good in school, and I was worried about getting drafted and going to Vietnam,” he says. “I’d seen guys older than me come back totally scrambled.”

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