Heaven and Earth (signed)
“Long has always been an artist of the book, among other things, and in this catalogue the images and words that evoke his walks all over the world have an irresistible elegance” – The Guardian\n\n”easily the most comprehensive study of this artist… a perfectly balanced book [that] will become recognised as the definitive work on the artist.” – artists and makers.com\n\n”exceptionally attractive… I can’t get enough of the superb colour photographs” – Jonathan Jones for The Guardian\n\nRichard Long is widely regarded as one of Britain¿s most important living artists. Born in Bristol in 1945, he first came to prominence in the late 1960s and is part of a generation who extended the possibilities of sculpture beyond traditional materials and methods. His work is rooted in his deep affinity with nature, developed during solitary walks. These take him to many places around the world, from the ‘home’ landscape of Britain to the Andes, Africa and the Mongolian steppes. He has produced many artist’s books, documenting walks and works made in remote locations through photography, maps and texts. He represented Britain at the Venice Biennale in 1976 and was awarded the Turner Prize in 1989.\n\nLong’s walks often realise particular ideas, such as using riverbeds as footpaths, walking a straight line for a predetermined distance, or dropping a stone into each river crossed along the route. On wilderness walks, Long will leave traces and marks of his passing in locations found by chance and circumstance. Often geometric in shape, these sculptures are always made with the materials of the places, for example a line of dusty footprints or a circle of stone.\n\nThis book, designed in collaboration with the artist, surveys his entire career. It features an extensive essay by Tate curator Clarrie Wallis, as well as an overview of Long’s artist’s books and other publications by Andrew Wilson, and a section of the artist¿s own statements about his work. Illustrations include previously unpublished photographs of Long’s early works from his own collection.
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