Richard LongRed Slate Circle 1988

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Artist
Richard Long (born 1945)
Title
Red Slate Circle
Date 1988
MediumSlate
Dimensionsdisplayed: 370 x 4000 x 4000 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased with funds provided by the Estate of Tom Bendhem 2004
Reference
T11884
Not on display

Summary

Red Slate Circle is a solid circle composed of rocks that have a flat underside, cut to sit evenly on the gallery floor. The remaining areas of the rock have been left unfinished resulting in a striking, jagged texture as the hunks of red slate point upwards into the space of the gallery. Long brought the red slate from the border of Vermont and New York State in America. In installation the rocks are arranged carefully to fit within the predetermined diameter of the circle – in this case four metres wide – to create a landscape of intricately textured and vividly coloured rock. They are laid out in such a way that no piece of slate touches another piece. Red Slate Circle was installed in the room titled Richard Long and Claude Monet in the display Landscape/Matter/Environment for the opening of Tate Modern in May 2000… (read more)

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