Richard Long

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Sir Richard Julian Long CBE (born June 2, 1945 in Bristol , England ) is a British land art artist.

In the foreground the Berlin Circle in the Museum für Gegenwart, Erich Marx Collection , in Berlin ( Hamburger Bahnhof ).

life and work

Richard Long: MacDuff Circle , 2002, exterior of the Dean Gallery , Edinburgh .
Neandertal Line in the outdoor area of ​​the RWE tower in Essen

Long studied from 1962 to 1965 at the West England College of Art in Bristol and from 1966 to 1968 at St. Martin's School of Art in London. In 1988 he was awarded the Aachen Art Prize and in 1989 the Turner Prize . In 1972 he was a participant in Documenta 5 in Kassel in the departments Individual Mythologies : Video and Idea + Idea / Light , he was also represented as an artist at Documenta 7 in 1982. He also represented Great Britain in 1976 at the 37th Venice Biennale. In 1990 he was appointed Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French government . In 2009 Long received the Praemium Imperiale .

Richard Long is a representative of Land Art . His artistic work includes conceptual wanderings in all parts of the world, which he documents with photographs and text. In the course of such hikes he creates temporary stone or wood sculptures, which are often removed after photographic documentation or left to natural weathering.

Long installs sculptures made of stones and boulders, driftwood or similar raw materials in museums and galleries . In addition, his photographs and maps with marked hiking routes are often exhibited.

Long was named a Knight Bachelor at the Queen's annual New Year ceremony in January 2018 .

Works by Richard Long (excerpt)

  • A Line made by walking , England 1967
  • Circle in the Andes , 1972
  • Three circles of stones , 1972
  • A walk of four hours and four circles , 1972, map showing the route of the walk
  • Camino Hands , 2014 in Gelmirez Palace, Santiago de Compostela , Galicia , Spain.

Public collections


Films about Richard Long

  • Walking a Straight Line ten Miles Long out back Dartmore England . 1969.
  • Richard Long "Omnibus" , BBC London 1982
  • Stones and Flies . Richard Long in the Sahara. 1988


  • RH Fuchs: Richard Long. Thames and Hudson, London 1986. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York 1986.
  • Stefanie Heckmann: Figure - Structure - Index: On the modernity of stone in contemporary sculpture. Rombach, Freiburg im Breisgau 1999.
  • Angeli Janhsen : Richard Long , in: New Art as a catalyst , Reimer Verlag, Berlin 2012, pp. 123–127. ISBN 978-3-496-01459-1
  • William Malpas: The Art of Richard Long: Complete Works, Special Edition. Crescent Moon Publishing, Maidstone 2005.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Grace Glueck: Bringing Back the Biennale . ( [accessed September 4, 2018]).
  2. Kunstraum by A. Bürkle ( Memento of the original from May 4, 2009 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link has been inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /