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Date: 2016
Support: Mixed media
Dimensions: 104 x 144,5 x 6 cm
Upon his entering the Saint Martin’s School of London, where he studied from 1966 to 1968, British artist Richard Long turned to a space and a subject that had been forsaken at the time, namely landscape. Indeed he is a walking, surveying, trekking and territory sculpting artist. The chronological concomitance brought art history to categorize Richard Long as a land artist. It is true that the artist’s interventions in the landscape are not without presenting a few similarities with this mostly American movement, although he denies it: “My work is the antithesis of what is called American land art […] Walking in the Himalayas is a way of touching the earth with more lightness […] and this requires a more physical personal engagement than an artist who plans an important earthwork later realized by bulldozers.”
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