Lisson Gallery

Richard Long

Richard Long has been in the vanguard of conceptual art in Britain since he created A Line Made by Walking over half a century ago in 1967, while still a student. This photograph of the path left by his feet in the grass, a fixed line of movement, established a precedent that art could be a journey. Through this medium of walking, time, space and distance became new subjects for his art. From that time he expanded his walks to wilderness regions all over the world, including a walk in the Alps that was documented by his first text work for the seminal exhibition of Minimal and Conceptual works entitled When Attitude Becomes Form at the Kunsthalle Bern in 1969. After 1969, Long began making journeys and sculptures in wilderness places all around the world. In the 1980s, Long began making new types of mud works using handprints applied directly to the wall. He also continued to make large sculptures of lines and circles from slate, driftwood, footprints or stone, often sourced from quarries near the exhibition sites. Long mediates on his experience of these places, from mountains through to deserts, shorelines, grasslands, rivers and snowscapes, according to archetypal geometric marks and shapes, made by his footsteps alone or gathered from the materials of the place. These walks and temporary works of passage are recorded with photographs, maps and text works, where measurements of time and distance, place names and phenomena are vocabulary for both original ideas and powerful, condensed narratives.

Richard Long was born in Bristol, UK in 1945 and he lives and works between London and Bristol. He studied at the West of England College of Art, Bristol (1962–65), then St Martin’s School of Art, London (1966–68). Major solo exhibitions include De Pont Museum, Tilburg, Netherlands (2019); Fondation CAB, Brussels, Belgium (2018); Houghton Hall, Norfolk, UK (2017); Arnolfini, Bristol, UK (2015); Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany (2010); Tate Britain, London, UK (2009); Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, UK (2007); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA, USA (2006); National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan (1996); Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA, USA (1994); and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, USA (1986). He represented Britain at the 37th Venice Biennale (1976) and won the Turner Prize in 1989. He received the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture (1990), has been elected to the Royal Academy of Arts, London (2001), awarded Japan’s Praemium Imperiale in the field of sculpture (2009), made a CBE in 2013 and was knighted in the 2018 Honours List.


Current and recent projects: 

'Richard Long', De Pont Museum, Tilburg, Netherlands, 16 February 2019 - 16 June 2019


Richard Long
Red Slate Line , 1986
Jagged red slate stones 168 x 1800 cm / 66 x 708 1/2 in.

Richard Long
Gravity Entropy , 2010
Text work 169 x 105 x 4cm / 6 1/2 x 41 x 1 1/2 in.

Richard Long
Walking a Line in Peru , 1972
Photograph and text on board 64 x 87.7 cm / 25 x 34 1/2 in.

Richard Long
A Circle in Scotland , 1986
Photograph and text Framed dimensions: 87 x 129 x 4 cm / 34 x 51 x 1 1/2 in.

Richard Long
Muddy Water Circle, 1994

Clay on black wall
Dimensions variable

Richard Long
Continuum Walk, 1998
Text work 106 x 157 x 4 cm / 41 x 62 x 1 1/2 in.

Richard Long
Three Circles of Stones, 1972

Stones

Richard Long
Three Circles of Stones, 1972

Stones

Richard Long
Untitled, 1995
River Avon mud on paper 39.7 x 29.5 cm / 15 1/2 x 11 1/2 in.

Richard Long
Grey Slate Spiral, 1981
112 pieces of Delabole slate Diameter: 480 cms / 189 in.

Richard Long
A Line Made by Walking , 1967
Photograph 

Richard Long
White Onyx Line, 1990
White Onyx 940 x 150 cm / 370 x 59 in.

Richard Long
White Onyx Line, 1990
White Onyx 940 x 150 cm / 370 x 59 in.

Richard Long
White Onyx Line, 1990
White Onyx 940 x 150 cm / 370 x 59 in.

Richard Long
Life Death, 2011
Text work 105 x 168 x 4 cm / 41 x 66 x 1 1/2 in.

Richard Long
Slate Line, 1978
20 pieces of Cornish Delabole slate 270 x 70 cm / 106 x 27 1/2 in.

Richard Long
Walking Out of Stones, Texas, 1990
Text work Framed dimensions: 109 x 160 x 4 cm / 43 x 63 x 1 1/2 in.

Richard Long
Cornwall Spiral, 2012
Cornish China clay on wood panel 111 x 107 x 1 cm / 44 x 42 x 1/2 in.

Richard Long
Autumn Snowline, Switzerland, 2010
Photograph and handwritten text Framed dimensions: 112.5 x 84.5 x 4 cm / 44 x 33 x 1 1/2 in.

Richard Long
A Bend in the River, China, 2010
Photograph and handwritten text Framed dimensions: 112.5 x 84.5 x 4 cm / 44 x 33 x 1 1/2 in.

Richard Long
Antarctic Footprints, 2012
Photographic print 94.5 x 140.5 x 4 cm / 37 x 55 x 1 1/2 in.

Richard Long
A Camp on the Driscoll Glacier, 2012
Photographic print 140.4 x 94.5 x 4 cm / 55 x 37 x 1 1/2 in.

Richard Long
Merrivale Circle , 1994
57 granite stones Diameter: 390 cm / 153 1/2 in.

Richard Long
Granite, From Stone to Stone, Portugal and Spain , 2005
Photograph 87 x 127 cm / 34 x 50 in.

Richard Long
Beyond God Romansch Walk, 2013
Text In situ dimensions variable Framed: 158.5 x 104.5 x 4 cm / 62 x 41 x 1 1/2 in.

Richard Long
Untitled, 2015
Terracotta on board 80.5 x 100 x 4 cm / 31 1/2 x 39 x 1 1/2 in.

Richard Long
Time and Space, 2015
Installation view Arnolfini, Bristol, UK

Richard Long
Circle for Sally, 2016
Granite and marble stones Diameter: 520 cm / 204 6/8 in.

Richard Long
Untitled, 2016
River Avon mud, linen on plywood Diptych Each panel: 200 x 260 x 4 cm / 78 1/2 x 102 1/2 x 1 2/3 in.

Richard Long
Untitled, 2014
River Avon mud, linen on plywood Diptych Each panel: 200 x 260 x 4 cm (each)/ 78 1/2 x 102 1/2 x 2/3 in.

Exhibitions

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    Richard Long: Circle to Circle

    11 May – 23 June 2018

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    Richard Long

    23 May – 12 July 2014

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    Daniel Buren, Sol LeWitt, Richard Long and...

    6 May – 31 May 1980

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    Richard Long

    9 October – 9 November 1979

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    Richard Long: Outback

    2 May – 20 May 1978

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    Richard Long

    21 May – 18 June 1977

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    Richard Long: Stones

    24 June – 26 June 1976

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    Richard Long

    1 November – 30 November 1974

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    Richard Long

    23 January – 24 February 1973

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