Richard Long is the 2009 prize-winner of the prestigious Praemium Imperiale, a global arts prize awarded annually by the Japan Art Association.
Each year there are five awards, in the categories painting & photography, sculpture, theatre & film, architecture and music. Richard Long was honoured in the category sculpture,
the Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto in the category painting and photography.
In earlier years artists who were honoured with this award were among others Ellsworth Kelly, Bruce Nauman, Anselm Kiefer, Norman Foster, Robert Ryman, Steve Reich and Jean-Luc Godard.
photograph by Sankei Shimbun (thanks GV)
invitation card exhibition Richard Long, Galerie Tschudi, Glarus, Switzerland, 2002 (photograph Going Along, Milwaukee Art Museum, 2001 by Jerry Sohn)