United Kingdom, 1942
Richard Long studied at the West of England College of Art in his home town between 1962 and 1965 and at the prestigious St. Martin's School of Art in London from 1966 to 1968. His first individual exhibition at a museum was in 1969, when he showed at the Museum Haus Lange in Krefeld. In the same year he was selected to take part in the exhibition "When Attitudes Become Form" at the Kunsthalle in Berne, which found him a definitive place on the international scene. Regarded as the outstanding exponent of European Land Art, though his points of contact with Arte Povera and Conceptual Art are clear enough, his output follows two very different lines: first, his interventions in nature, which he carries out on long journeys all over the world, and which have produced an extensive body of photographic and graphic work; and second, his sculptures, done in all kinds of natural materials, and which in fact are a transposition of his own experiences in nature to indoor spaces. In 1989 he won the Turner Prize awarded by the Tate Gallery in London, which put on an exhibition of his work a year later. Since then he has had shows at institutions as important as the Hayward Gallery in London, the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Philadelphia Art Museum, the São Paulo International Biennial and the Guggenheim in Bilbao, to name a few.