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Richard Long with Peter Kirby and Sarah Braddock Clarke


Richard Long is, for many, the most important British Artist of the Twentieth Century (click here for a reminder why!)

Active internationally since the late 60s, he was Europe's first Land Artist or eco-artist, and one of the UK's first conceptual artists.

On the 2nd April he walked from Chapel Porth to Tate St Ives, to meet the writer Peter Kirby, who had simultaneously walked a similar distance along the Cornish coast from the opposite direction (see feature: Footnotes: living a Richard Long life). That evening Peter and Richard, together with Sarah Braddock-Clarke from UCF, discussed walking and some of the issues raised by Long's work .

They talked for about an hour. Here are the highlights (NB on most computers the i-film plug-in play icon has to be clicked on twice before it starts playing):



Pt 1: On introductions, counting, bouncing stones, and childhood in Cornwall




Pt 2: On computers, linearity, and adding stuff to the world




Pt 3: On permanence, and Carl Andre




Pt 4: On remote places, St Ives painters, and Duchamp and Pollock





Pt 5: On the pace of walking and John Cage