The Luxury Channel reveiws the Richard Long retrospective at Tate Britain….
Inspired by his solitary walks all over the globe from remote areas in Britain to Canada, Mongolia and Bolivia, Richard Long’s Heaven And Earth exhibition at Tate Britain in London, reflects on his meanderings. Heaven And Earth features over 80 ‘‘walks of art;’’ including sculptures, mud wall work, photographic and text, documenting his worldwide walks and exploring time, distance, geography, measurement and movement. Including important works selected across four decades, the exhibition provides an opportunity to understand afresh Long’s radical rethinking of the relationship between art and landscape.
First coming to prominence in the late 1960s, Richard Long is part of a generation of British artists who extended the possibilities of sculpture beyond traditional materials and methods. Long’s work is rooted in his deep affinity with nature, developed during his solitary walks.
Mostly working in the landscape, Long sometimes brings materials into the gallery. Four of Long’s dramatic mud works, which represent the forces of speed, water, chance and gravity will be made directly on to the walls for the show. The large central gallery of the exhibition will be devoted to six major stone sculptures. Norfolk Flint Circle 1990 is an eight metre sculpture consisting of a single layer of flints lying close together on the floor.
In the gallery, as on his walks, Long lays the stones in simple geometric configurations such as circles, lines, and ellipses. The exhibition will also include early examples of remote stone sculptures, such as the first stone circle made while walking in the Andes in 1972.
Running now until the 6th of September 2010.