Richard Long (Bristol, 1945) is one of the most prominent of a generation of artists that revolutionized sculptural practice in the 1970s. By the simple act of walking in the landscape, he combined aspects of minimalism, conceptualism, and Arte Povera as a way to articulate ideas about time, space, and man’s relationship to nature.
Long walks alone in nature for days or weeks. He counters the serendipitous irregularity of nature with works of simple geometry - lines, circles, spirals, crosses - using material from the land: stones, wood, clay and water (mud)
Richard Long has made work in every continent. He currently has a survey show at the De Pont Museum in the Netherlands; and a large work on display at The Sculpture Park in Jaipur, India. He has had retrospectives in many museums, including the Guggenheim Museum, New York; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; The Philadelphia Museum of Art; The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto; The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Tate Britain, London; the Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; and Arnolfini, Bristol. The largest outdoor exhibition of his sculpture was presented at Houghton Hall in Norfolk (UK) in 2017.
Sir Richard represented Britain at the Venice Biennale in 1976; he was awarded the Turner Prize in 1989, and the Praemium Imperiale in Tokyo in 2009; he is Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France (1990); and in Britain he was appointed CBE in 2013, and in 2018 he was knighted for services to art.