Richard Long Turf Sculpture 1967

Artwork details

Artist
Richard Long born 1945
Title
Turf Sculpture
Date 1967
Medium Photograph, black and white, on paper
Dimensions Image: 229 x 229 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1976
Reference
P07150
Not on display

Display caption

Long finished this work in Bristol in his second year on the Advanced Course. He cut the soil, removing the turf segments and configured its formal arrangement before making a photographic record. The cut turf was then relayed so that the segments would grow back into the earth.Critics have noted a connection between Long’s arrangement of the turf and the basic geometric shapes that characterised the formalist work of tutors such as Anthony Caro. Long has refuted this view by explaining the significance of the archetypal natural forms and the ephemerality of this intervention.

May 2007

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