Richard Long - THIS TOO WILL PASS - 2021
Richard Long has generously created THIS TOO WILL PASS, 2021, a limited edition silkscreen print in support of Tate. It is based on a new text work which is the result of a walk made during lockdown in 2020 in Bristol where he lives and works.
Using the familiar adage, “this too will pass”, Long reminds us of the transitory nature of the human condition. Against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic and an extended period of national lockdown in the UK, the passing of time could be considered comforting or uplifting, indicated by Long’s inclusion of the words “Treasure” and “Spring”. However, with time passing, we are also reminded of the fragility of human life, reflected in the words “Sorrow” and “Loss”. Central to the work, signified by the contrasting bold red type and the central position, is the word “Walking”. In 2020, at a time when the UK government enforced a “Stay at home” policy, only allowing for a few essential activities such as outdoor exercise, the importance of walking has been felt by many. Long, who has been creating works around walking throughout this career, understands this importance, indicating in this work that walking is no less than a “Lifeline”.
Medium: Silkscreen print on Somerset Tub Sized Radiant White 410gsm paper
Size: 84 x 55.6 cm
Edition of 100
Signed and numbered
Price: £ 1,500
This limited edition Richard Long print is available at Tate