Richard Long

In the Cloud (1991)

About this artwork

While some of Richard Long's walks are recorded by a photograph, others are marked by a text work. These pieces are sparse in nature, with a handful of words chosen to describe the long walks the artist makes all over the world. Their simplicity mirrors that of Long's sculptures, and he has stated that while his sculptures "feed the senses", his maps, texts and photographs "feed the imagination". This piece records a walk made in Scotland, focusing on one short incident on the journey. Scotland is one of the artist's favourite countries, where he has made regular walks since he was a student.

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  • title: In the Cloud
  • accession number: AR00143
  • artist: Richard LongEnglish (born 1945)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Work on paper
  • subject: Travel
  • date created: 1991
  • measurements: 105.50 x 155.50 cm
  • credit line: ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
  • copyright: © Richard Long
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Richard Long

Richard Long

Long was born in Bristol, where he still lives. His work is about walking and the direct experience of nature. He trained from 1966-68 at St Martin's School of Art in London, where several of his contemporaries were busy questioning traditional forms of art. From the mid-1960s, while still a student, he began making walks and photographed the trace he had made (the flattened grass, stones laid at regular intervals) or would simply mark the course of the walk on a map. Later, he began laying rocks or twigs in straight lines or circles. By the late 1970s he was reconstructing these works in interior settings, though the walk remained the basis for collecting the natural material. Long won the Turner prize in 1989.