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Richard Long

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A sculpture,a map,a photograph;all the forms of my work are equal and complementary.The knowledge of my actions,in whatever form,is the art.My art is the essence of my experience,not a representation of it. ('Richard Long:Books,Prints,Printed Matter'.Exhib cat New York Public Library,New York 1994)

 
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