Richard Long - Walking the Line
Thames & Hudson
Softcover | 29.7 x 3 x 26.2 cm | 328 pp
Thames & Hudson | 2005 | 9780500284094
This volume by and about the sculptor and pioneer land artist Richard Long explores his work from the 1990s onwards. 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 and down the Rio Grande, from coast to coast in Ireland and Spain, to Tierra del Fuego and Mongolia, and to the forests of Honshu in Japan.
Some of the artist's sculptures were made during his walks through the world's landscapes, while others bring the material of nature - stones, boulders, driftwood, clay and mud - into a more public or sheltered environment: museums, galleries, houses, gardens. These works feed the senses, whereas the texts and photographs recording the artist's walks feed the imagination.
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, and the book also includes his own notes and writings.
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.
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