Richard Long’s restaged clay work sells to Middle Eastern collector
Muddy Water Circle celebrates artist’s return to Lisson Gallery
By Charlotte Burns. From Frieze daily edition
Published online: 16 October 2013
To celebrate his return to Lisson Gallery (FL, B10; FM, E7), the British land artist Richard Long has restaged one of his seminal works, Muddy Water Circle, 1994, at Frieze Masters.
The 3.5m circular clay work has sold to a private Middle Eastern collector. Each of the mud works can only exist in one iteration at a time, so the piece will be destroyed and then remade in the Middle East. The gallery declined to confirm prices, but mud works of this scale usually sell for around $80,000.
It is the artist’s first work for the gallery since he rejoined in February. Lisson represented Long between 1973 and 1980; the artist left for Anthony d’Offay Gallery and, when D’Offay closed, joined Haunch of Venison gallery, which closed earlier this year.
Lisson is now planning a major show of Long’s works for May 2014.
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