“I started living with Cindy Sherman. She was an Arts Education major and I was an art Nazi. And we’d go to the museum and this was our favorite painting,” he recalls. “When he (Pollock) made this painting, originally it was going to be black and white. But he didn’t like it so he ended up throwing the kitchen sink at it.”
While in Buffalo, Longo co-founded the alternative space Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, which brought him into contact with fellow starving artists like Richard Serra, Jonathan Borofsky, David Salle and others who suggested he move to New York City. Eventually, he and Sherman took a place on South Street, near the financial district. Just a few blocks away lived Salle and Tom Lawson, among many other artists.