AboutThe New Art Gallery Walsall is delighted to present the first comprehensive exhibition of prints in the UK by Richard Long (b. Bristol, UK, 1945). Since the late 1960s, Long's art practice has been rooted in the simple act of walking. His journeys and actions are documented with photographs, maps, wall works and printed statements. Of all of the artists associated with Land art in Britain, Long's engagement with landscape has perhaps been the most consistent and intense.
This exhibition brings together, for the first time, all of the artist's prints, made over a 40-year period. These provide great insight into the relationship between Long's sculpture and graphic work. To mark the occasion of this exhibition, the artist has realised a special signed and numbered limited edition print, NO FOOTPRINTS (2013). This relates to a walk in the Antarctica in December 2012 when, for the first and only time, Long discovered conditions that did not allow him to leave behind any trace in the landscape.
To compliment this major print survey, Long has created a special wall work spanning the Gallery's 26-metre long wall using mud sourced from his home and birthplace in Bristol.