Take a look at our current Summer Issue of Elle Decoration, and you’ll notice it’s filled with homes in beautiful and unusual settings – great escapes, and outdoor living at its best! It’s an obvious giveaway of our fascination for the outdoors and our local landscape, which is why we feature a must-see exhibit for anyone who has a love for landscape photography and an appreciation for land art. Richard Long: Karoo Highveld is the first showing of work by acclaimed British land artist Richard Long in South Africa – a first on the African continent. Long made his first trip to Africa in 1969 to climb Mount Kilimanjaro (pictured below), and has returned to the continent several times over the years to create unique and iconic sculptural works in the landscape.
Long has been associated with the genres of Land Art and minimalism, and has traveled all over the world, making significant alterations to the landscapes he passes through. He marks the ground or adjusts the natural features of a place by up-ending stones, or making simple traces, and sees his work as rooted in the act of walking. He usually works in the landscape but also uses natural materials in the gallery. Though these acts constitute the main part of his practice, he also shows artifacts and representations of his explorations and interventions in the contexts of galleries and museums, as seen below, and at his current showing at the South African National Gallery in Cape Town.
Karoo Highveld comprises works, and traces of works, made during the artist’s two visits to South Africa to the Karoo (2004), pictured below, and to the Cradle of Humankind (2009). The exhibition comprises of photographic pieces, text and sculptural installations, and shows for the first time internationally a series of fingerprint drawings made by Long during his residency at the Nirox Foundation at the Cradle of Humankind.
More of Richard Long’s iconic pieces from around the world…
For more on Richard Long, visit richardlong.org Richard Long: Karoo Highveld at the South African National Gallery ends 10 April 2012.