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Macduff Circle
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Macduff Circle 2002

On Display Modern Two

Long uses both lines and circles in his work, as they are ancient, primitive signs (as in Stonehenge, for example), and have the same simplicity and grandeur as the landscape itself. The circle is a universal symbol of perfection and the infinite, since it has no beginning and no end. This work is named after the Macduff slate of which it is made. Although the pieces of slate that make up the work are irregular in size, the overall shape of the sculpture is circular and there is a careful balance between smaller and larger pieces. The work can be found in the grounds of the Modern Two, in a position specially chosen by the artist.

Glossary Open


A term once used to describe the art of non-Western cultures such as Africa and Oceania, now generally seen as deprecatory and indicative of an outdated belief in Western superiority. It is also used to describe artists, usually self-taught, who work outside of the currents of mainstream art practice.


The representation of subjects or ideas by use of a device or motif to create underlying meaning. A literary and artistic movement that originated in France and spread through much of Europe in the late 19th century. There was no consistent style but rather an appeal to the idea of the artist as mystic or visionary and the desire to express a world beyond superficial appearances.

Primitive, Symbolism


  • Acc. No. GMA 4483
  • Medium Slate
  • Size Diameter: 800.00 cm
  • Credit Presented by Anthony and Anne d'Offay in honour of Richard Calvocoressi's fifteen years' directorship of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art 2002