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b. 1945, United Kingdom

Richard Long Biography

Long studied at the University of the West of England's College of Art, Bristol (1962-5); St Martin’s School of Art and Design, London (1966-68). Long became closely associated with the Land Art movement; and participated in the first international manifestations of both Arte Povera, in Amalfi, Italy in 1968, and Earth Art, at Cornell University, New York.

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Long came to prominence in the 1970s with sculptures made as the result of epic walks, in Britain, or as far afield as the plains of Canada, Mongolia and Bolivia. He walks at different times for different reasons - either predetermined courses and concepts; or arbitrary circumstance.

Long does not make significant alterations to the landscapes, instead he marks the ground or adjusts natural features. He both works in the landscape and uses natural materials in the gallery.

From 1981 has alluded to painting by applying mud in a very liquid state by hand to a wall establishing a dialogue between the primal gesture of the hand-print and the formal elegance of its display. He has stressed that the meaning of his work lay in the visibility of his actions rather than in the representation of a particular landscape. 

Nearly forty years on, his work continues in bringing back into the public domain of art spaces and books in the form of sculptures of raw materials such as stones, mud and water and photographic and text works.

Richard Long Featured Artworks

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Untitled by Richard Long contemporary artwork
Richard LongUntitled, 2018China clay on linen on wood
185 x 150 x 2.7 cm
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Flint Wheel by Richard Long contemporary artwork
Richard LongFlint Wheel, 2018Flint
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Four Ways by Richard Long contemporary artwork
Richard LongFour Ways, 2014Delabole Slate
490 x 498 x 58 cm
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A Stream Line / Thunder Granite Vulture by Richard Long contemporary artwork
Richard LongA Stream Line / Thunder Granite Vulture, 2011Colour printing on paper
60.9 x 44.8 x 3.8 cm
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River Avon Mud Line by Richard Long contemporary artwork
Richard LongRiver Avon Mud Line, 2020River Avon mud
327.7 x 2189.5 cm
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Virginia Line by Richard Long contemporary artwork
Richard LongVirginia Line, 2020Virginia slate
8 x 810 x 54 cm
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Red Slate Circle by Richard Long contemporary artwork
Richard LongRed Slate Circle, 1980Red slate, 61 pieces

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Richard Long Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group presentation in London, Group presentation in London at Lisson Gallery, Bell Street, London
Upcoming
8 December 2020–13 February 2021 Group presentation in London Lisson GalleryBell Street, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Richard Long, FROM A ROLLING STONE TO NOW at Lisson Gallery, West 24th Street, New York
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6 March–6 June 2020 Richard Long FROM A ROLLING STONE TO NOW Lisson GalleryWest 24th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Dialectical Materialism: Aspects of British Sculpture since the 1960s at 1 Park Village East, London
Closed
28 September–6 October 2019 Group Exhibition Dialectical Materialism: Aspects of British Sculpture since the 1960s 1 Park Village East, LondonLondon

Richard Long Represented By

Kukje Gallery contemporary art gallery in Seoul, South Korea Kukje Gallery Busan, Seoul
Lisson Gallery contemporary art gallery in Lisson Street, London, United Kingdom Lisson Gallery London, East Hampton, New York, Shanghai

Richard Long In Ocula Magazine

Frieze Announces Hybrid Format for London Fairs Ocula News Frieze Announces Hybrid Format for London Fairs London, 21 August 2020

Over 200 galleries will show online while Frieze Week events go ahead across London this October.

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Richard Long In Related Press

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See the Majestic Displays at India’s First Contemporary Sculpture Park Related Press See the Majestic Displays at India’s First Contemporary Sculpture Park 5 September 2019, Hyperallergic

India's first-ever contemporary sculpture park has launched its second edition. The not-for-profit project, inaugurated in December 2017, transformed the Madhavendra Palace in Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur, into an expansive sculpture gallery. The sculptures are displayed throughout the majestic rooms and grand courtyards of the 18th-century fortress...

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Richard Long: The Tide is High Related Press Richard Long: The Tide is High 10 December 2018, Artlyst

There can be no doubt that Richard Long is one of the giants of British art. Or so a very impressive curriculum vitae would lead one to suppose. He is now in his early 70s. He made his reputation almost half-a-century ago, as what was then called a Land Artist – going for epic walks, often through very remote locations.

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Richard Long review – modern primitive sees the cosmos reflected in mud Related Press Richard Long review – modern primitive sees the cosmos reflected in mud 11 May 2018, The Guardian

Mud is not a promising medium to draw with. It is dull, thick, unpromising stuff. A muddy drawing sounds like a vague and boring one. Miraculously, however - or maybe just because he's spent 50 years making art in and of the land - Richard Long's huge new mud drawing Gravity Crescent is hypnotic, full of complex 3D curves that snare the eye.

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Ai Weiwei, Anish Kapoor and Marina Abramović lead major new exhibition Everything At Once at Store Studios Related Press Ai Weiwei, Anish Kapoor and Marina Abramović lead major new exhibition Everything At Once at Store Studios 8 September 2017, The Vinyl Factory

This October, Store Studios will host Everything At Once, an extensive off-site exhibition featuring 24 artists currently shown at Lisson Gallery in celebration of its 50th anniversary.

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