Richard Tuttle (b. 1941, Rahway, New Jersey) 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. Across his practice, Tuttle has remained committed to creating works that exist in the present moment and allow for individual experiences of perception. He has been the subject of more than two-hundred solo exhibitions throughout his career, Recent solo exhibitions have been held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2016); Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerland (2016); De Hallen Haarlem, Netherlands (2017); Kunstmuseum aan Zee, Oostend, Belgium (2017); The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. (2018); and M Woods Museum, Beijing (2019). The artist lives and works in Mount Desert, Maine; Abiquiu, New Mexico and New York City.
Geneva—Pace is honoured to present the gallery’s first exhibition of Richard Tuttle’s work in Geneva, at Quai des Bergues, from 14 November 2018 to 10 January 2019. The exhibition will feature a selection of Tuttle’s recent works, including remarkable pieces from the Epigrams series.
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 and drawing. Language, spatial relationship, and scale are also central concerns for the artist.
“I use the material to question itself, or to question the very thing, which is already “the picture,” I think. But I may have fallen in love during this long process, not to mention my response to the sensuality of things, to seeing how the thing is embedded in a singular, appealing matrix of matter, lost to distinction… by me!” Richard Tuttle to Bill Brown, The Object in American Art: Numinous Receptacle, 10 March 2016.
In Tuttle’s lyrical oeuvre, materials and presentation are always interrelated, with the artist consistently guiding viewer’s aesthetic experience. He draws beauty out of humble materials including cardboard and aluminum, here by reflecting the fragility of the world. Works such as 13 Angels for Jack and Space is Shape continue Tuttle’s exploration of line and volume and reach poetic dimensions. Without a specific reference point, these pieces reflect a sense of spirituality and mirror the artist’s deep intellectual curiosity.
2018. Pace Gallery. Hardcover
22 pages: 39 color illustrations; 10 ¼ x 7 ¼ inches