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An Evening with Richard Tuttle and Alexander S. C. Rower

Wednesday, April 26
6:30 PM
Doors open at 6:00 PM
540 West 25th Street
New York

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Calder/Tuttle: An Evening with Richard Tuttle and Alexander S. C. Rower
Wednesday, April 26
6:30 PM
Doors open at 6:00 PM
540 West 25th Street
New York

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Pace Live is pleased to present a conversation between artist Richard Tuttle and Alexander S. C. Rower, President of the Calder Foundation, at the gallery’s 540 West 25th Street flagship in New York on April 26.

The conversation will center around the recent exhibition Calder/Tuttle:Tentative, a presentation of works by Calder selected and installed by Tuttle at Pace’s Los Angeles gallery. The upcoming talk between Tuttle and Rower will serve as a capstone to the pair’s ongoing, freewheeling conversations about Calder, which led to the LA show. This program will be moderated by Oliver Shultz, Curatorial Director at Pace.

The discussion will coincide with the final week of Richard Tuttle: 18x24, an exhibition of new works by Tuttle on view at Pace in New York through April 29.

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Richard Tuttle

Richard Tuttle has revolutionized the landscape of contemporary art, challenging rules and notions of genre and media.

His work exceeds rational determinations, sensitizing viewers to perception and the unconscious, and engages aspects of painting, drawing, sculpture, bookmaking, printmaking, and installation.

Exposed to the Pop movement and the beginnings of Minimalism as a young artist, Tuttle began to explore the possibilities of material and form freed from historical allusion and precedent. Early investigations into the merging of painting and sculpture are evident in his Constructed paintings which exist in a liminal space between mediums. For Tuttle, the 1980s and 1990s marked wider experimentation with material and a move toward in-the-round constructions. He began incorporating the frame as an element in his compositions, collapsing the boundaries between the artwork and its surrounding space.

Tuttle’s engagement with scale, light, and systems of display have endured throughout his oeuvre and can be seen in his attention to marginal spaces such as floors, corners, and over door frames. Rejecting the rationality and precision of Minimalism, Tuttle embraced a handmade quality and the invention of forms that emphasize the occupation of these space along with volume. Over the course of his career, he has continued to overturn traditional constraints of material, medium, and method that engages a variety of traditional and non-traditional processes such as in his wire, small-scale collage, dyed cloth, and octagonal pieces.

Richard Tuttle draws beauty and poetry out of humble materials, creating works that exist in the present moment, reflect the fragility of the world, and allow for individual experiences of perception.

Rower Bio

Alexander S. C. Rower

Alexander S. C. Rower is founder and president of the Calder Foundation and grandson of the artist. After Calder’s death in 1976, Rower recognized the need for the scholarly management of his grandfather’s legacy. He created the Foundation in 1987 at a time when the concept of artist foundations was almost nonexistent. Since then, Rower has initiated an ambitious cataloguing project—documenting more than 22,000 works by Calder—and established an extensive archive dedicated to all aspects of Calder’s career. The Calder Foundation is universally recognized as being at the forefront of legacy preservation.

Rower has curated and collaborated on over 100 Calder exhibitions worldwide, including projects at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Musée national Picasso-Paris; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel; Tate Modern, London; Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul; and Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.

Over the past decade, Rower has expanded the Foundation’s programming to include exhibitions, lectures, performances, and events on Calder as well as on contemporary artists who the Foundation supports through the biennial Calder Prize and the Atelier Calder residency program in Saché, France, of which Rower has served as vice president since 2007. In 2009, he was awarded France’s prestigious designation of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres; in 2019, he was given the higher designation of Officier.

  • Pace Live — Calder/Tuttle: An Evening with Richard Tuttle and Alexander S. C. Rower, Apr 14, 2023