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Sperone Westwater is pleased to announce an exhibition of recent works by Richard Long. For his twelfth solo exhibition at Sperone Westwater, Richard Long presents an Elliptical Sculpture using four inch cut slate from Cornwall and two large text works directly on the wall, which refer to Long's recent walks in Ecuador, Greece and Stonehenge.

Also on view, a multi-site exhibition of the Public Art Fund, Richard Long  –  New York Projects. It includes a White Quartz Ellipse, at the Doris C. Freedman Plaza, Fifth Avenue at 60th Street, a Brownstone Circle, at the Seagram Plaza, Park Avenue between 52nd and 53rd Streets, and text works throughout New York City's subway cars.

"The idea is as inspired as it is simple. The artist declares that the world is his studio.  Freed from all traditional bonds, left entirely to his own devices, he travels the world and makes it his workshop; it becomes his material, his working and living space, his archive, his chronometer, his research field, and his dwelling. The world defines and governs his rhythm, his radius of operations and the rules of his daily existence; it makes available to him its potential of memory and stored time." Eckhard Schneider, Every Grain of Sand (Kunstverrein Hannover, 1999)

Born in 1945 in Bristol, England, Richard Long studied at West of England College of Art and at St. Martin's School of Art, London.  He currently lives and works in Bristol. Since his first one-person exhibition at Konrad Fischer, Dusseldorf in 1968, Long has had numerous solo exhibitions, and has participated in many international exhibitions including Documenta V and VII.  The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum organized a major retrospective of his work in 1986 and he was awarded the Turner Prize in 1989. Recent important exhibitions were organized by the Hayward Gallery, London (1991), the Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris (1993), the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth (1996), the Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo (1996) and the Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany (1998).


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