Richard Long

1945 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Richard Long is an established contemporary visual artist, who originates from the United Kingdom. Richard Long was born in 1945. Some of the artist's contemporarie that are from the same generation and country include Maggi Hambling, Richard Cook and Phyllida Barlow.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Richard Long is represented and exhibited by several galleries around the world, in countries like the United Kingdom, Belgium, and Italy. Some of those galleries are Lisson Gallery | London and Cristea Roberts Gallery in the United Kingdom, as well as Bernier/Eliades Gallery in Belgium. Richard Long most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Lisson Gallery | London in the United Kingdom (05 October 2017 until 10 December 2017) with the exhibition EVERYTHING AT ONCE. Richard Long's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions at; Cristea Roberts Gallery in London (15 November 2018 - 05 January 2019) with the name Tide is High and CAB in Brussels (14 September 2018 - 27 October 2018) with the name ALONG THE WAY. Richard Long's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Untitled and took place at James Cohan Gallery | Lower East Side in New York, the United States from the 09 June 2017 to 28 July 2017.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

Britain has been an essential centre for artistic production for centuries. While it gained considerable wealth from colonisation and the rise of its Empire, it was also unsheltered from the cultural influences of other countries and continents. Throughout the modern era, Britain had been largely overshadowed by the importance of its European neighbours on one side, and of the United States on the other. But towards the end of the 19th century, Britain became a significant centre in the development of the avant-garde. This includes the Arts and Crafts Movement, a major movement setting the tone for artist-led organisations, associations and organisational co-operative types that would later become into a template of sorts for bohemian artists movements of the Twentieth Century. Ground-breaking artistic movements in British modernism include for instance Vorticism, comprised of artists associated with the Bloomsbury group. Some noteworthy British artists of the modern and contemporary era include Stanley Spencer, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Bridget Riley, Paula Rego - and in more recent years the YBA generation led by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Chris Ofili and others.

Further Biographical Context for Richard Long

Born in 1945, Richard Long's creative work was primarily inspired by the 1960s. The 1960s were a sensational decade internationally, bearing witness to great increase of modernist ideas and trends. It was the era of Kennedy and Kruschev, and the beginning of the Cold War, which would endure for most of the second half of the 20th century, and was epitomised most symbolically by the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961. The Iron Curtain divided Eastern and Western Europe, both ideologically and literally, and student political uprisings took place around the world. Psychedelia, an enormous increase in consumerism, and the associated trends of marketing and advertising further epitomised the era. Minimalism developed a formal language with no external references, predicated solely on line, colour and geometric form as key elements of both painting and sculpture. The significant figures of Minimalism included Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Agnes Martin. Pop Art was a powerful offshoot of minimalism, a discipline that became renowned through the work of artists like Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley. Globally, a number of artistic movements resonated the creative concerns of the previously mentioned movements, often with regional specialties and nuance. In Italy, Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni established Spatialism, and in Germany the Zero group under the leadership of Gunter Uecker espoused similar ideas. The influential school of Existentialist Philosophy was an important source of inspiration for artists, with artists like Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti achieving international prominence for their idiosyncratic approaches to the human form and the angst related to the human condition.

Richard Long

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