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Richard Long

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Richard Long tends to be a bit predictable— another ring of rocks, another circle of mud. If you were to find someone unfamiliar with his work, you could make an easy penny by wagering just before entering a Long exhibition that you would soon be in the presence of basic geometric forms and materials pulled raw from the earth. But you shouldn’t bet on anything other than the generalities: In the nuances and subtleties, Long always surprises, and his trademark motifs are always fresh.

Long recently had his first LA show in almost a decade, and it reiterated his devotion to the designs and media of his choice: circles, ovals, curved and rectilinear spirals, columns, and rows offered up in rock and clay. The exhibition includes some standards: a large circular arrangement of material (this time, petrified wood) laying claim to the gallery floor; and, in a small outdoor space, an equally familiar

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