Richard Long: Walking the Line
Artist(s): Richard Long
Author(s): Richard Long
Year published: First published 2005
Publisher: Thames and Hudson
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 328
Illustrations: With 248 illustrations in colour and duotone
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This volume by and about the sculptor and pioneer land artist Richard Long explores his work from the 1990s to the present day. Long’s ability to make works of physical and intellectual beauty is unrivalled, and this new journey takes the reader around the world: to the Sahara Desert, the Rio Grande, Ireland, Spain, Tierra del Fuego, Mongolia and to the forests of Honshu in Japan.
If walking has become Long’s trademark, the path is a central image or archetype in his work. The idea of the path or way has meaning in all cultures – from the most material to the most spiritual. It is both real and symbolic, whether it is a life, a road, or the Taoist ‘Great Way’. With his walks, Richard Long weaves a line through many traditions, creating an art that is timeless and universal.
Majestic museum pieces made from tons of rock are juxtaposed with dramatic mud works and with photographs recording ephemeral sculptures often made in remote landscapes. Most of the photographs were taken by the artist himself.
The book includes Richard Long’s own notes and writings, lists of solo and group exhibitions, prizes and awards and a select bibliography.