Hilary Gresty on Richard Long's 'Pot' (1965-66)

Hilary Gresty discusses the work of Richard Long as part of an ongoing lecture series highlighting sculptures from the Leeds Collections.

When thinking of Richard Long’s early work it is ‘A Line Made by Walking’, 1967 - a modest black and white photograph of a repetitively walked line of downtrodden grass - that springs most readily to mind. We then let our minds track to remote places across the world and other similarly minimal alterations of the land’s surface. 

‘Untitled (Pot)’ was itself a journey, beginning while Long was a student in Bristol and completed in London as his first work as a student at St Martin’s School of Art.  The pot with its depicted landscape was first exhibited in 1984 in an exhibition looking at the early years of conceptual art in Britain. This lecture will explore the work within that context, as well as the development of Long’s practice.

Hilary Gresty is an independent consultant, researcher and art historian. She began her career as Director of Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge in the 1980s and has worked in the visual arts for over thirty years. For nearly twenty years she ran a professional membership body for the visual arts sector leading on high level advocacy and policy development. She has an MPhil from the Courtauld Institute of Art, where she researched those sculptors who ‘gave-up’ making conventional sculpture at St Martin’s School of Art in the 1960s. She is currently researching the histories of women working in sculpture in Britain from the 1960s to the present day in collaboration with Dr Catherine George (University of Lincoln) and Dr Joy Sleeman (Slade School of Fine Art, University College London).

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Henry Moore Institute
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United Kingdom
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The Institute will be closed on Sunday 10 June due to the AJ Bell World Triathlon taking place in the city centre.

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