Richard Long

Bristol England 1945, lives and works in Bristol

Bolivian Coal Line
2,28 x 26 m

Richard Long is an important representative of the Land Art movement, a term that is used for artists who, from the 1960’s present their work outside the established circuit of galleries and museums. For this they search for locations in the landscape and use natural material they collect from their surroundings. The basis of Long’s work is always a simple geometric form: the circle, the line, the spiral or the cross – minimal forms that stand out in the landscape because they have been produced by human hands. Long has left them behind on his walks throughout the world: circles of stone and wood in France, in Alaska or in the mists of Scotland; a meandering line on a stony plain in the Sahara and a line of water poured onto a small bridge in the Italian Alps. All of the works are photographed by Long, and these photographs are shown in galleries and museums. He also brings his works into the museum in other ways, by arranging the stones or branches gathered in nature, or bought natural materials such as this rather common coal, into clearly defined strips or circles.