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  • Richard Long

    Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
    75 Belford Road
    June 30 - October 21

    Curated by Patrick Elliott

    Though Richard Long is often referred to as a practitioner of Land art, this tag can be misleading. His focus on the physical and perceptual relationships that develop from an individual’s presence in and passage through the landscape marks out his practice as quite distinct from that of his US contemporaries, such as Walter De Maria and Robert Smithson: For Long, the human scale remains key, both temporally and spatially. This retrospective will give prominence to Long’s Scottish walks and works, complemented by recent driftwood sculptures, new large-scale mud wall-drawings, and a sculpture in Dorset sandstone for the gallery’s grounds. There will also be a large number of works on paper, from photographic and text pieces of the late 1960s to recent drawings in China clay, promising a good mix for the artist’s first substantial UK survey in sixteen years.