Richard Long A Line Made by Walking 1967

Artwork details

Richard Long born 1945
A Line Made by Walking
Date 1967
Medium Photograph and graphite on board
Dimensions Image: 375 x 324 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1976
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1960

Display caption

This formative piece was made on one of Long’s journeys to St Martin’s from his home in Bristol. Between hitchhiking lifts, he stopped in a field in Wiltshire where he walked backwards and forwards until the flattened turf caught the sunlight and became visible as a line. He photographed this work, and recorded his physical interventions within the landscape.
Although this artwork underplays the artist’s corporeal presence, it anticipates a widespread interest in performative art practice. This piece demonstrates how Long had already found a visual language for his lifelong concerns with impermanence, motion and relativity.

May 2007

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