Chicago

Richard Long

Donald Young Gallery

For his first American one-person exhibition since the 1986 retrospective of his work at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Richard Long showed three stone circles, a mud ring on the wall, and two mud drawings, all done in 1987. The installation, itself untitled, was accompanied by the latest in Long’s ongoing series of site documentation publications, this one called Out of the Wind.

Long’s austere assemblies of rings, lines, and fields of stone declare the edges of somehow sacred spaces whether they are encountered indoors or out, but the remoteness of many of the artist’s outdoor works has made them known primarily through the photographic reproductions in the artist’s books. These images are souvenirs of a private pilgrimage as well as documentation of otherwise unseen activity. One’s sense of the spirit of Long’s gallery constructions is tinged by recollection of the artist’s wilderness

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