Richard Long / Thirty-Seven Campfires, Mexico / 1987Richard Long
Thirty-Seven Campfires, Mexico

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Creator Name: Long, Richard
Creator Nationality: European; British
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1945
Biography: Richard Long British, 1945 -Richard Long derives inspiration from his interaction with nature, experiencing the land through the English tradition of walking. He collects materials from these ventures,stones, willow branches, seaweed,and incorporates them into his on-site sculpture, often in arrangements such as a circle, spiral, line, or cross that conjure ancient patterns. Using his camera to document these temporary sculptures, Long explores the themes of transformation, the ephemerality of human existence on the land, and notions of time, place, and movement. Long's photographs record the transient aspects of his art-making process and address human presence through implication rather than direct representation. Long, who lives in his native Bristol,studied at the Bristol School of Art (1962) and St. Martin's School of Art, London (1966-68). He has been at the forefront of contemporary art for the past 25 years, with many one-person exhibitions throughout Europe, Australia, the United States, and Canada. In addition to his photographic triptych, the Cleveland Museum of Art owns a Long sculpture. A.W.
Gender: M
Creator Birth Place: Bristol, England
Creator Name-CRT: Richard Long
Title: Thirty-Seven Campfires, Mexico
Title Type: Primary
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Creation Start Date: 1987
Creation End Date: 1987
Creation Date: 1987
Object Type: Photographs
Classification Term: Photography
Materials and Techniques: gelatin silver print
Dimensions: Image: 48cm x 71.1cm
Inscriptions: Written in red pencil on recto: "THIRTY-SEVEN CAMPFIRES"
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1995.30.a
Credit Line: Norman O. Stone and Ella A. Stone Memorial Fund
Context: Richard Long's photographs are simple and direct, drawing on his perceptions of nature as encountered on long walking trips. His art embodies the essence of his experience, not a visual representation of it and thus signals a radical departure from traditional landscape depictions. The three prints comprising Thirty-Seven Campfires, Mexico record the wild terrain around the Rio Urique in the Mexican mountain range of Sierra Tarahumara, which Long and a friend explored on a six-day walking tour in 1987.In the text accompanying the photographs, Long explained the goals and artistic concepts that governed this particular journey.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1995.30.a
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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