Richard Tuttle

Richard Tuttle

Richard Tuttle is one of the most significant artists working today. Since the mid-1960s, he has created an extraordinarily varied body of work that eludes historical or stylistic categorization. Tuttle’s work exists in the space between painting, sculpture, poetry, assemblage, and drawing. He draws beauty out of humble materials, reflecting the fragility of the world in his poetic works. Without a specific reference point, his investigations of line, volume, color, texture, shape, and form are imbued with a sense of spirituality and informed by a deep intellectual curiosity. Language, spatial relationship, and scale are also central concerns for the artist, who maintains an acute awareness for the viewer’s aesthetic experience. Tuttle was the Artist in Residence at the Getty Research Institute from September 2012–June 2013. The artist lives and works in Mount Desert, Maine; Abiquiu, New Mexico and New York City.

 

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, 2008. cotton with Rit dyes, grommets, thread, 1' 10-1/2" x 10' 2" (57.2 cm x 309.9 cm), 2 panels, overall installed.
Walking on Air, B5, 2008. cotton with Rit dyes, grommets, thread, 1' 10-1/2" x 10' 2" (57.2 cm x 309.9 cm), 2 panels, overall installed.
, 1967. soldered metal, 10-1/4" x 7-1/2" x 1/2" (26 cm x 19 cm x 1.3 cm), element 112" x 6-3/4" x 1/2" (30.5 cm x 17.1 cm x 1.3 cm), element 28-1/2" x 10-3/4" x 1/2" (21.6 cm x 27.3 cm x 1.3 cm), element 3.
Letters (from The Twenty-Six Series), 1967. soldered metal, 10-1/4" x 7-1/2" x 1/2" (26 cm x 19 cm x 1.3 cm), element 112" x 6-3/4" x 1/2" (30.5 cm x 17.1 cm x 1.3 cm), element 28-1/2" x 10-3/4" x 1/2" (21.6 cm x 27.3 cm x 1.3 cm), element 3.
, 1992. graphite, ink and watercolor on cardboard, graphite line, 7" x 8-1/2" x 1-1/2" (17.8 cm x 21.6 cm x 3.8 cm).
Fiction Fish I, 15, 1992. graphite, ink and watercolor on cardboard, graphite line, 7" x 8-1/2" x 1-1/2" (17.8 cm x 21.6 cm x 3.8 cm).
, 2011. painted Styrofoam, black gesso, acrylic, balsa wood with acrylic, aluminum wire, monofilament, 16' 6" x 92" x 92" (502.9 cm x 233.7 cm x 233.7 cm), overall dimensions variable.
Systems, IV, 2011. painted Styrofoam, black gesso, acrylic, balsa wood with acrylic, aluminum wire, monofilament, 16' 6" x 92" x 92" (502.9 cm x 233.7 cm x 233.7 cm), overall dimensions variable.
, 1999. acrylic on fir plywood, 11" x 11" x 1-3/4" (27.9 cm x 27.9 cm x 4.4 cm).
Two With Any To #11, 1999. acrylic on fir plywood, 11" x 11" x 1-3/4" (27.9 cm x 27.9 cm x 4.4 cm).
, 2011. carpet tile, aluminum, Canson paper, rice paper, 11' 6" x 8' x 8' (350.5 cm x 243.8 cm x 243.8 cm), overall dimensions variable.
Systems, III, 2011. carpet tile, aluminum, Canson paper, rice paper, 11' 6" x 8' x 8' (350.5 cm x 243.8 cm x 243.8 cm), overall dimensions variable.
, 2012. drawing element: metallic acrylic paint and graphite on acid free bond papersculptural element: bass wood, nylon stocking, Paverpol and Paverplast paint, 58-1/2" x 18-1/2" x 2-1/2" (148.6 cm x 47 cm x 6.4 cm), overall installation dimensionsdrawing element: 9" x 6" (22.9 cm x 15.2 cm)sculptural element: 3-1/4" x 1-3/4" x 4" (8.3 cm x 4.4 cm x 10.2 cm).
Air in Water, 2012. drawing element: metallic acrylic paint and graphite on acid free bond papersculptural element: bass wood, nylon stocking, Paverpol and Paverplast paint, 58-1/2" x 18-1/2" x 2-1/2" (148.6 cm x 47 cm x 6.4 cm), overall installation dimensionsdrawing element: 9" x 6" (22.9 cm x 15.2 cm)sculptural element: 3-1/4" x 1-3/4" x 4" (8.3 cm x 4.4 cm x 10.2 cm).
, 2012. drawing element: metallic acrylic paint and graphite on acid free bond papersculptural element: bass wood, nylon stocking, Paverpol and Paverplast paint, 58-1/2" x 18-1/2" x 2-1/2" (148.6 cm x 47 cm x 6.4 cm), overall installation dimensionsdrawing element: 9" x 6" (22.9 cm x 15.2 cm)sculptural element: 3-1/4" x 1-3/4" x 4" (8.3 cm x 4.4 cm x 10.2 cm).
Air in Water, 2012. drawing element: metallic acrylic paint and graphite on acid free bond papersculptural element: bass wood, nylon stocking, Paverpol and Paverplast paint, 58-1/2" x 18-1/2" x 2-1/2" (148.6 cm x 47 cm x 6.4 cm), overall installation dimensionsdrawing element: 9" x 6" (22.9 cm x 15.2 cm)sculptural element: 3-1/4" x 1-3/4" x 4" (8.3 cm x 4.4 cm x 10.2 cm).
, 2012. drawing element: metallic acrylic paint and graphite on acid free bond papersculptural element: bass wood, nylon stocking, Paverpol and Paverplast paint, 58-1/2" x 18-1/2" x 2-1/2" (148.6 cm x 47 cm x 6.4 cm), overall installation dimensionsdrawing element: 9" x 6" (22.9 cm x 15.2 cm)sculptural element: 3-1/4" x 1-3/4" x 4" (8.3 cm x 4.4 cm x 10.2 cm).
Air in Water, 2012. drawing element: metallic acrylic paint and graphite on acid free bond papersculptural element: bass wood, nylon stocking, Paverpol and Paverplast paint, 58-1/2" x 18-1/2" x 2-1/2" (148.6 cm x 47 cm x 6.4 cm), overall installation dimensionsdrawing element: 9" x 6" (22.9 cm x 15.2 cm)sculptural element: 3-1/4" x 1-3/4" x 4" (8.3 cm x 4.4 cm x 10.2 cm).
, 2012. drawing element: metallic acrylic paint and graphite on acid free bond papersculptural element: bass wood, nylon stocking, Paverpol and Paverplast paint, 58-1/2" x 16" x 4" (148.6 cm x 40.6 cm x 10.2 cm), overall installation dimensionsdrawing element: 9" x 6" (22.9 cm x 15.2 cm)sculptural element: 3-1/4" x 1-3/4" x 4" (8.3 cm x 4.4 cm x 10.2 cm).
Fire in Earth, 2012. drawing element: metallic acrylic paint and graphite on acid free bond papersculptural element: bass wood, nylon stocking, Paverpol and Paverplast paint, 58-1/2" x 16" x 4" (148.6 cm x 40.6 cm x 10.2 cm), overall installation dimensionsdrawing element: 9" x 6" (22.9 cm x 15.2 cm)sculptural element: 3-1/4" x 1-3/4" x 4" (8.3 cm x 4.4 cm x 10.2 cm).
, 2012. drawing element: metallic acrylic paint and graphite on acid free bond papersculptural element: bass wood, nylon stocking, Paverpol and Paverplast paint, 58-1/2" x 17" x 3-1/2" (148.6 cm x 43.2 cm x 8.9 cm), overall installation dimensionsdrawing element: 9" x 6" (22.9 cm x 15.2 cm)sculptural element: 4" x 5" x 3-1/2" (10.2 cm x 12.7 cm x 8.9 cm).
Earth in Fire, 2012. drawing element: metallic acrylic paint and graphite on acid free bond papersculptural element: bass wood, nylon stocking, Paverpol and Paverplast paint, 58-1/2" x 17" x 3-1/2" (148.6 cm x 43.2 cm x 8.9 cm), overall installation dimensionsdrawing element: 9" x 6" (22.9 cm x 15.2 cm)sculptural element: 4" x 5" x 3-1/2" (10.2 cm x 12.7 cm x 8.9 cm).

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Walking on Air, B5 , 2008. cotton with Rit dyes, grommets, thread, 1' 10-1/2" x 10' 2" (57.2 cm x 309.9 cm), 2 panels, overall installed.