Richard Long

A Line Made by Walking


Richard Long born 1945
Photograph, gelatin silver print on paper and graphite on board
Image: 375 x 324 mm
Purchased 1976

On loan to: Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais (Paris, France)

Exhibition: Jardins

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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.

Gallery label, May 2007

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