RICHARD LONG: ALONG THE WAY

FONDATION CAB 
BRUSSELS

14 SEPTEMBER - 27 OCTOBER 2018

THIS IS EXHIBITION 266


THE PRESS RELEASE

Fondation CAB is delighted to present Along the Way,
a solo exhibition dedicated to British artist Richard Long and the first in Belgium in over forty years.
Along the Way will stage important works from the artist’s oeuvre, featuring text works, photographs and sculptures.
At the heart of the exhibition will be a brand-new commission created in-situ in response to Fondation CAB’s magnificent 1930s Art Deco architecture. The new installation – a dazzling white stone circle - and the two further sculptural works presented, Münsterland Stones and Flint Cross, express Long’s primary preoccupation: that of the position of the artist within the landscape.
These minimal works reflect the enigma present in all his creations, the stones are carefully laid into geometric shapes on the ground, evocative of the megalithic arrangements of ancient civilisations and the rituals associated with them.
Recalling primeval knowledge systems and a time when human life was more directly dictated by environment and season, Long responds to both the rhythms and the arbitrariness of nature.
The text works and the photographs in Along the Way are records of some of the artist’s many walks around the world.
Carefully planning his routes according to particular distances, timeframes or to correspond with cosmic events, Long moves gently through nature, creating ephemeral works as he goes and leaving them to be weathered and reabsorbed by their surroundings.
These elements presented in the exhibition are the footprints he leaves behind: the snapshots and methodical notes trace his journeys, the weather and the artworks made along the way.
Here he charts various expeditions, ranging from the Highlands of Scotland to excursions in Ecuador, the lines of text mimicking his own pathways through the landscape.
Along the Way reflects the foundation’s continued commitment to supporting the practice of minimal and conceptual art.
Hubert Bonnet, Founder of Fondation CAB, says: ‘After four years of planning, I am proud to welcome Richard Long to Fondation CAB.
This project exemplifies our direct engagement with artists in line with the Fondation’s mission of championing exceptional minimal art.
Richard’s work embodies everything that is relevant and enticing in contemporary art: he is radical, relentless, and poetic.’
The textual and photographic works in Along the Way are records of some of the artist’s many walks around the world.
Carefully planning his routes according to particular distances, timeframes or to correspond with cosmic events, Long moves gently through nature, creating ephemeral works as he goes and leaving them to be weathered and reabsorbed by their surroundings.
The textual works and photographs presented in the exhibition are the footprints he leaves behind: the snapshots and methodical notes trace his journeys, the weather and the artworks made along the way.
Here he charts various expeditions, ranging from the Highlands of Scotland to excursions in Ecuador, the lines of text mimicking his own pathways through the landscape.
Along the Way reflects the foundation’s continued commitment to supporting the practice of minimal and conceptual art.

Hubert Bonnet, Founder of Fondation CAB, says:
‘After four years of planning, I am proud to welcome Richard Long to Fondation CAB.
This project exemplifies our direct engagement with artists in line with the Fondation’s mission of championing exceptional minimal art.
Richard’s work embodies everything that is relevant and enticing in contemporary art: he is radical, relentless, and poetic.’


The catalogue.

The catalogue will come out in a few weeks time.



The exhibition.

 
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'Flint Cross, 2012'
flint stones,
670 x 670 cm.




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'Münsterland Stones, 2008'
Anröchter Grünsandstein,
30 x 500 x 340 cm.



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'Along the Way, 2018',
flint stones, 
diameter 4m.



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 'Wallonia Line, 2018',
brown lime stones,
637 x 76 cm.

 

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 Framed works.
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Also in exhibition:
4 posters for personal exhibitions,
26 invitation cards from the first eight years of Richard Long exhibitions,
'Three Minutes Wonder' 3 videos from Tate and BBC4,
from the Gerard Vermeulen Collection.



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Fotos:
*Lola Pertsowsky/ CAB Brussel
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** Gerard Vermeulen.