New exhibition from Richard Long
‘Human Nature’, Long’s first collection since his retrospective at Tate Britain in 2009, is running at the Haunch of Venison and includes more than 20 handmade works, inspired by Long’s solitary walks around the world.
The exhibition includes sculptures made in wood and stone, small-scale works using handprints and fingerprints, and monumental wall drawings made using mud and clay.
One of the most striking is North South, a seven-metre-high sculpture, consisting of white Portland stone bisected by a line of bleach slate from Delabole in Cornwall.
Long’s work is characterised by simplicity, precision and economy, yet explores conceptually complex themes. These cover ideas about time and space, relativity, natural forces and human experience. The exhibition reflects all these themes and provides visitors with an opportunity to understand Long’s thinking around the relationship between art and landscape.
Born in Bristol in 1945, Long has become one of the UK’s most respected and influential artists. Rising to prominence in the Sixties, he was later awarded the Turner Prize in 1989.
‘Human Nature’ is running at the Haunch of Venison (020 7495 5050, haunchofvenison.co) until 20 August. Open weekdays 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm. Admission is free.