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Robert Preece and Charles Long

Robert Preece (TUR ’89) recently interviewed artist Charles Long (TUR ‘80) for an article in Sculpture Magazine about Long’s solo exhibition b 4 u (January 5- Feb. 5, 2017) at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in New York. Upon meeting , the two men realized that they were both Temple Rome alumni. Below is an excerpt from the article, Making SendingLadyMotherFrameI: A conversation with Charles Long, that reveals the impact of attending TUR on their personal and professional lives.

Preece: We learned recently that we both studied in the Temple/Tyler School of Art in Rome program. The overseas learning and living experience changed my life a great deal— my introduction to seeing a wider choice of options for various things. What effect did the program have on you?

Long: The program has proved foundational in my art practice. This sculpture, for instance, channels the pregnant power I felt upon seeing Piero della Francesca’s Madonna del Parto (c. 1460) while at Tyler in Rome during an art history field trip. Piero’s lifelong investigation of solid geometry imbues this fresco, depicting perfectly mirrored angels parting a curtain to reveal a pregnant virgin, who is unfastening the clothing over her swollen womb


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