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Lot 469

Richard Long, NILE, Papers of River Muds

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Richard Long (New York/UK, born 1945) NILE, Papers of River Muds, Santa Monica: Lapis Press, 1991, number 87 from the edition of 172, and number 87 of 88 signed by the artist. Folio containing pages of handmade paper created from pulp mixed with mud from rivers around the world, including the Nile, Umpqua, Hudson, Murrumbidgee, Mississippi, Indragoodby, Jordan, Condamine, Avon, Chitravathri, Amazon, Rhine, Guatiquia and Huang He. The first sheet of each example is titled in red with the respective river's name. Publisher's single sheet on handmade paper using pulp mixed with mud from the Murrumbidgee River laid in, numbered 87/172 en verso. Signed and numbered 87/88 in pencil by the artist on next to last page in book. Publisher's parchment-backed handmade paper-covered boards with red titling to front cover and to spine; original parchment edged paper covered slipcase. Book: 14" x 11 3/4". Slipcase: 14 5/8" H x 12" W. Biography: Born in Bristol in 1945, Richard Long attended West of England College of Art, Bristol, and St. Martin's School of Art, London. He is known most for his contributions to the British Land Art, Conceptual, and Minimal art movements, expressing an intimate relationship with the landscape. An avid traveler, Long utilizes substances taken from nature such as wood fragments, silt and mud from rivers, and stones found on the sites he visits to created earthworks, installations, and more, all with photographic documentation. His works has been exhibited at the Hayward Gallery, the Tate Gallery, the Whitechapel Gallery, the Museum of Modern Art NY, and the Guggenheim Museum. (Source: "Art in Amerca", by Jack Flam from THE PAINE WEBBER COLLECTION, ed. Donald Marron)


Some staining to parchment edges of exterior, otherwise excellent condition.

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The collection of Jan Anderson, formerly of California. Anderson was curator of Sam Francis's "The Litho Shop" in Santa Monica, CA from 1983-1992.