PUBLISHED TO ACCOMPANY RICHARD LONG’S MAJOR EXHIBITION HEAVEN AND EARTH AT TATE MODERN IN 2009
LONG, Richard (artist) and Clarrie WALLIS (editor). Richard Long: Heaven and Earth. London: St Ives Westerham Press for Tate Publishing, 2009.
Quarto (280 x 208mm), pp. 240. Numerous colour and monochrome illustrations, some full- or double-page, after Long et al. (Some extremely light discoloration on margins.) Original wrappers, upper wrapper illustrated with photograph after Long. (Very light rubbing and creasing on corners.). A very good, clean copy in the original wrappers.
First edition. The British artist Richard Long was born in 1945 and educated at West of England College of Art, Bristol (1962-1965) and St Martin’s School of Art, London (1966-1968) ‘where his fellow students included other artists who were redefining the terms of sculpture in England, among them Hamish Fulton, Jan Dibbets, Gilbert and George, and John Hilliard’ (Grove Art Online). He became a key figure in the emerging genre of ‘Land Art’ in the 1970s and established an international reputation through his works, which combined traditional media, such as print and manuscript texts or photographs, with found natural substances – for example mud, grass, wood, and stone. He represented Great Britain at the Venice Biennale in 1976 and won the Turner Prize in 1989.
This volume was published to accompany Long’s exhibition Heaven and Earth held at Tate Modern (3 June-6 September 2009), which was curated by Clarrie Wallis and was the ‘first survey [of Long’s work] in London for eighteen years and […] a unique opportunity to understand afresh the artist’s radical rethinking of the relationship between art and landscape. Long’s work comes from his love of nature and through the experience of making solitary walks. These take him through rural and remote areas in Britain, or as far afield as the plains of Canada, Mongolia and Bolivia. Long never makes significant alterations to the landscapes he passes through. Instead he marks the ground or adjusts the natural features of a place by upending stones for example, or making simple traces. He usually works in the landscape but sometimes uses natural materials in the gallery. His work explores relationships between time, distance, geography, measurement and movement. Featuring over 80 works, Heaven and Earth includes sculptures, large-scale mud wall works, and new photographic and text works documenting walks around the world, plus a big selection of the artists’ books, postcards and other printed matter’ (https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/richard-long-heaven-and-earth).
Richard Long: Heaven and Earth was edited by Wallis and presents a number of Long’s pieces grouped under the headings ‘A Clearing’, ‘Sticks and Stones’, ‘Hours Miles’, ‘Inca Rock Campfire Ash’, ‘Simplicity Complexity’, ‘A Stony Walk’, together with a selection of ‘Artist’s Statements’. These chapters are interspersed with contributions by Nicolas Serota (‘Walking Abroad’), Wallis (‘Making Tracks’), Michael Craig-Martin (‘And So Here We Are. A Conversation with Michael Craig-Martin’), and Andrew Wilson (‘From Page to Page. An Introduction to Richard Long’s Books’).
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