b. 1941, USA

Richard Tuttle Biography

Over the last six decades, Richard Tuttle has become one of the most representative American artists of the postwar period, occupying interstitial positions between several genres, including painting, sculpture, drawing, and poetry. He consistently opens new possibilities for a variety of mediums and materials, demonstrating how traditional categories of art-making can function as starting points for unhindered, open investigations into the functioning of perception and language. His early encounters with artists and artworks associated with pop and minimalism laid the groundwork for a project precipitated on reinvention and change. As Tuttle developed a syntax remarkable for the frankness of its physicality and the poetry of its juxtapositions, he created a space in which a decidedly avant-garde strain of contemporary art could take on the organic sophistication and subtlety of the natural world. At the same time, he began to produce a number of iconic typologies—including stretched and pinned canvases, painted reliefs, and works on paper—in which divisions between object, image, making, abstraction, and observation fell away, leaving in their wake a mode of translating the multiplicity and complexity of life into discrete, often elegant constructions notable for their precision, radical informality, and immediately tangible intimacy.

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Since the 1970s, Richard Tuttle (b. 1941, Rahway, New Jersey) has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions at museums throughout the world, including most recently M Woods Museum, Beijing (2019); Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. (2018); Kunstmuseum aan Zee, Ostend, Belgium (2017); Museo de Arte de Lima (2016); Metropolitan Museum of Art (2016); and Whitechapel Gallery and Tate Modern, London (2014). In 2005–2006, a retrospective exhibition organised by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art traveled to five additional institutions, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. His work is included in over sixty public collections, including those of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Dallas Museum of Art; and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam. Tuttle lives and works in New York and Abiquiú, New Mexico.

Text courtesy David Kordansky Gallery.

Richard Tuttle Featured Artworks

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Story IX by Richard Tuttle contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture
Richard Tuttle Story IX, 2020 Plywood, spray paint, pine, aluminium
79.5 x 69 x 8.5 cm
Galerie Greta Meert Contact Gallery
Story VIII by Richard Tuttle contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture
Richard Tuttle Story VIII, 2020 Plywood, spray paint, pine
84.5 x 76.5 x 5 cm
Galerie Greta Meert Contact Gallery
Story VI by Richard Tuttle contemporary artwork painting
Richard Tuttle Story VI, 2020 Plywood, spray paint, pine
74 x 76 x 7.7 cm
Galerie Greta Meert Contact Gallery
Story XII by Richard Tuttle contemporary artwork painting
Richard Tuttle Story XII, 2020 Plywood, spray paint, pine
174 x 74.5 x 5 cm
Galerie Greta Meert Contact Gallery
Story X by Richard Tuttle contemporary artwork sculpture
Richard Tuttle Story X, 2020 Plywood, spray paint, pine
76 x 69.5 x 5 cm
Galerie Greta Meert Contact Gallery
Masculin by Richard Tuttle contemporary artwork sculpture
Richard Tuttle Masculin, 1999 Wood and plastic laminate
81 x 81 cm
Beyer Projects Contact Gallery

Richard Tuttle Recent Exhibitions

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Richard Tuttle Represented By

Beyer Projects contemporary art gallery in New York, USA Beyer Projects New York
Pace Gallery contemporary art gallery in 540 West 25th Street, New York, USA Pace Gallery Beijing, East Hampton, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, New York, Palm Beach, Palo Alto, Seoul

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