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Richard Long, b.1945

Kilkenny Limestone Circle1991

‘Kilkenny Limestone Circle’ was commissioned for ‘Inheritance and Transformation’, the opening exhibition of the Irish Museum of Modern Art in 1991.

Long’s sculptural methods, choice of materials and use of a limited number of archetypal forms are remarkably individual. His art takes the form of walks, sculptures and mud works. Walks are made in isolated and often remote landscapes. In his words: ‘…lines or circles are universal human images that belong to everyone. Also, they belong equally to all times in history. So I am not interested in making an idiosyncratic personal mark. I like the idea that if somebody sees one of my works in the land they see it just as a mark of a man, not of Richard Long’.*

‘Kilkenny Limestone Circle’ was commissioned for ‘Inheritance and Transformation’, the opening exhibition of the Irish Museum of Modern Art in 1991.

*Richard Long, from an interview with Bill Furlong in ‘Bill Furlong – Audio Arts – Discourse and Practice in Contemporary Arts: Richard Long’, 1985

MediumLimestone
Dimensions400 cm diameter
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 1991
Item NumberIMMA.18
Not on view
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Richard Long, Kilkenny Limestone Circle, 1991, Limestone, 400 cm diameter, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 1991

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About the Artist

Richard Long b.1945

British land artist Richard Long studied at St Martin’s School of Art and Design, London, under Anthony Caro and Phillip King. Long has created land art pieces in locations worldwide. He was nominated for the Turner Prize four times and received the award in 1989. He had a major solo exhibition at Tate Britain in 2009. — View Artist »