Eli Broad’s Broad Art Foundation has acquired Robert Longo’s diptych, Untitled (Ferguson Police, August 13. 2014), a charcoal drawing depicting police in riot gear in Ferguson, Missouri, during protests there over the killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager. The piece debuted at Art Basel Miami Beach last year at the booth of the New York gallery Petzel, and became something of an instant classic. (Longo is represented in New York by Metro Pictures, and also shows with Thaddaeus Ropac, Galería Soledad Lorenzo, and Galerie Hans Mayer.)
The Art Newspaper reported the foundation’s acquisition, along with a few others: Julie Mehretu’s Invisible Sun and Takashi Murakami’s In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow.
“The Broads have collected politically charged works since they began collecting in the 1980s,” the foundation’s director, Joanne Heyler, told The Art Newspaper. “[The work] was a major stand for [Longo] to take and a little bit of a new departure.”
Broad will open his namesake museum in Los Angeles on September 20, featuring work from the foundation as well as from his private collection.
Update, June 17, 2015: An earlier version of this post misstated the name of the gallery in New York that represents Longo.