Richard LongWaterlines 1989

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Richard Long (born 1945)
Date 1989
MediumScreenprint on paper
Dimensionsimage: 1277 x 924 mm
Acquisition Presented by the King Edward's Hospital Fund 1989
Not on display


Long’s print Waterlines was produced in response to a commission by the King Edward’s Hospital Fund for London. London-based writer and curator Richard Cork selected six artists who were each invited to create a print, to be published in an edition of 250, for hospitals in the National Health Service. Long was selected together with British artists Helen Chadwick, Anish Kapoor, Bruce McLean, Thérèse Oulton and Kate Whiteford. The portfolio contains both screenprints and etchings, published collectively by the King’s Fund, London. The Tate’s portfolio contains seven works (including two by Kapoor). These may be found at P11265, P11267-9 and P11270-1.

Waterlines is composed of text. As is standard in Long’s work, the words, all in capitals, are printed in the Gill Sans typeface. The ink is deep turquoise blue in colour, similar to the colour of the sea and the sky on a brilliant sunny day. Centred below the title and above the date, the text reads: ‘each day a waterline/ poured from my water bottle/ along the walking line// from the Atlantic shore to the Mediterranean shore/ a 560 mile walk in 20 ½ days across Portugal and Spain’. These words describe an event undertaken by the artist. They provide information which is specific but lacking in precise detail… (read more)

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