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Richard Long: Ring of Stones

Ring of Stones

Richard Long, England b.1945 / Ring of stones 1982 / 258 stones / Purchased 1993 with funds from the International Exhibitions Program / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © QAGOMA

Richard Long

Richard Long

17 February - 20 July 2014
Queensland Art Gallery (QAG)

Opening Hours
Daily: 10.00am – 5.00pm

Since the late 1960s, Richard Long has made art by 'walking' through diverse landscapes and terrains from his home city of Bristol and its environs, to Ireland and Scotland, Alaska, Iceland, the Americas, the Himalayas, Africa and Australia. His walks may be short, of a few hours duration, or many days in length.

Ring of Stones is an example of the artist's ongoing involvement with the landscape, evoking the natural cycles, rhythms, and the silent vastness of wilderness. By installing works in galleries and sometimes private spaces, the artist compresses the sense of isolation, distance, and time which frames the works in situ. In a gallery space the works provide an analogue of the exterior, past experience while simultaneously asserting a tangible presence. Their installation at ground/floor level - touching the earth by inference - is a deliberately associative gesture. It is that direct contact with the earth which the artist is engaged with in both his walks and his constructions.

Past Special Event | Visiting international artist talk
1.00pm Sunday 16 March | GOMA, Cinema A
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear one of Britain's most successful contemporary sculptors, Richard Long will share insights into his career and recent work, in conversation with Rex Butler, Associate Professor of Art History, University of Queensland.