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Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art 13 Apr 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...

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Richard Long

b. 1945, United Kingdom

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.

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.

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Ireland by Richard Long contemporary artwork Richard LongIreland, 1967 Photograph and text
77 x 129.5 x 4 cm
Lisson Gallery
Untitled by Richard Long contemporary artwork Richard LongUntitled, 2010 White china clay on black card
62 x 87 x 6 cm
Lisson Gallery
Untitled by Richard Long contemporary artwork Richard LongUntitled, 2010 White china clay on black card
104 x 155 x 6 cm
Lisson Gallery
Rolling Stones, An Eleven Day Walk in Norway 2008 by Richard Long contemporary artwork Richard LongRolling Stones, An Eleven Day Walk in Norway 2008, 2008 Photograph and handwritten text
82 x 112 x 4 cm
Lisson Gallery
Sunlight and Moonlight, South Africa by Richard Long contemporary artwork Richard LongSunlight and Moonlight, South Africa, 2004 Photograph and text
87.5 x 129 cm
Lisson Gallery
Tidemarks by Richard Long contemporary artwork Richard LongTidemarks, 2018 Screenprints on Somerset 410gsm paper
58.5 x 148 cm
Alan Cristea Gallery
Tideway by Richard Long contemporary artwork Richard LongTideway, 2018 Screenprints on Somerset 410gsm paper
58.5 x 148 cm
Alan Cristea Gallery

Current & Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Love is Metaphysical Gravity at Lisson Gallery, Shanghai
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22 March–18 May 2019 Group Exhibition Love is Metaphysical Gravity Lisson Gallery, Shanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Richard Long, The Tide is High at Alan Cristea Gallery, London
Closed
15 November 2018–5 January 2019 Richard Long The Tide is High Alan Cristea Gallery, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Richard Long, Circle to Circle at Lisson Gallery, London
Closed
11 May–23 June 2018 Richard Long Circle to Circle Lisson Gallery, Bell Street, London

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

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 The Guardian : 11 May 2018

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 The Vinyl Factory : 8 September 2017

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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Richard Long moves heaven and earth at Houghton Hall Related Press Richard Long moves heaven and earth at Houghton Hall Wallpaper* : 10 May 2017

'My talent as an artist is to walk across a moor or place a stone on the ground,' artist Richard Long says. What could be more primitive, more humble than that?So why has this reclusive artist, who operates on mountains, wild moors and in deserts, been rambling the immaculately kept grounds and rooms of Houghton Hall, the grand Palladian stately...

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