Richard Long: ORIZABA TO URIQUE / RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH
, 7 February – 7 March 2020
For ORIZABA TO URIQUE / RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH, leading international sculptor Richard Long presents all new work at acclaimed architect Luis Barragán’s iconic modernist landmark, Cuadra San Cristóbal in Mexico. Using local materials, sourced from quarries within the valley of Mexico City and Puebla, Long has created work inspired by Barragán and the local architecture.
Richard Long first visited Mexico in 1979, during which he climbed both the country’s highest mountain, Pico de Orizaba, and visited the deepest canyon, Urique, on a few of his iconic walks. Over the following decades, he has embarked upon numerous trips around the country, including thirteen days in the Sierra Tarahumara in 1987 in which he conceived the important photographic and text work, Thirty Seven Campfires. This exhibition, however, marks the first time Long has created work in Mexico City, the metropolitan centre, using stone he personally selected from local municipalities— Ecatzingo, Chinalhuacan and Pachuca. The four sculptures installed on the grounds, rendered in black volcanic stone, red volcanic stone and river stone, not only nod to his longstanding history in Mexico but to the country’s rich agricultural and architectural history.
Works on view
Cuadra San Cristóbal, Mexico City, Mexico