British artist Richard Long is known for creating a kind of extended sculpture informed by his vigorous, solitary sense of quest. Long’s exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, developed during a FOR-SITE residency, documented and reflected on a 250-mile walk in the Sierra Nevada mountains, mainly along the Pacific Crest Trail. The exhibition included photographs, mud works, sculpture, and texts. Continuing the artist’s longstanding use of walking as a basis for art, the work in the exhibition manifested what Long has called “an imaginative freedom about how, or where, art can be made in the world.”
- Behind the Scenes
Richard Long has spent his career making art that expresses his connection to the land. The signature walks that he initiated in the late 1960s were documented with text, maps, and photographs. In the 1980s he began applying mud handprints directly to walls. Large lines and circles of stones, slate, and sticks created from materials collected on his walks inform his more recent work.