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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.

Exhibition view: Richard Tuttle, Stories I - XX, Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels (29 October 2020–16 January 2021). Courtesy Galerie Greta Meert. 

Richard Tuttle Featured Artworks

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Story VI by Richard Tuttle contemporary artwork
Richard TuttleStory VI, 2020Plywood, spray paint, pine
74 x 76 x 7.7 cm
Galerie Greta Meert Contact Gallery
Story XII by Richard Tuttle contemporary artwork
Richard TuttleStory XII, 2020Plywood, spray paint, pine
174 x 745 x 5 cm
Galerie Greta Meert Contact Gallery
Story X by Richard Tuttle contemporary artwork
Richard TuttleStory X, 2020Plywood, spray paint, pine
76 x 695 x 5 cm
Galerie Greta Meert Contact Gallery
Story IV by Richard Tuttle contemporary artwork
Richard TuttleStory IV, 2020Plywood, spray paint, pine
85.5 x 74.5 x 7.8 cm
Galerie Greta Meert Contact Gallery
Masculin by Richard Tuttle contemporary artwork
Richard TuttleMasculin, 1999Wood and plastic laminate
81 x 81 cm
Beyer Projects Contact Gallery
Dawn, Noon, Dusk: Paper (1), Paper (2), Paper (3) by Richard Tuttle contemporary artwork
Richard TuttleDawn, Noon, Dusk: Paper (1), Paper (2), Paper (3), 2002Set of three pigment on watermarked abaca/linen paper mounted on pigmented cotton in artist-designed, hand-painted frames
11 1/4 x 13 1/2 inches
Krakow Witkin Gallery Contact Gallery

Richard Tuttle Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Richard Tuttle, Stories I - XX at Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels
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29 October 2020–27 February 2021 Richard Tuttle Stories I - XX Galerie Greta MeertBrussels
Contemporary art exhibition, Richard Tuttle, Days, Muses and Stars at Pace Gallery, 510 West 25th Street, New York
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12 November 2019–11 January 2020 Richard Tuttle Days, Muses and Stars Pace Gallery510 West 25th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Richard Tuttle, basis, 70s Drawings at Pace Gallery, New York
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25 October–21 December 2019 Richard Tuttle basis, 70s Drawings Pace GalleryNew York

Richard Tuttle Represented By

Beyer Projects contemporary art gallery in New York, USA Beyer Projects New York
Pace Gallery contemporary art gallery in New York, USA Pace Gallery New York, London, Geneva, Palo Alto, Hong Kong, Seoul, Beijing

Richard Tuttle In Ocula Magazine

Gallery Weekend Beijing 2019 Ocula Feature Gallery Weekend Beijing 2019 By Tessa Moldan, Beijing

Beyond the fanfare of a gallery weekend, there remains the perennial question: to what end does such an event serve a city? During this year's Gallery Weekend Beijing (22–29 March 2019), this question was raised during a snippet of the inaugural Beijing Art Summit (22–24 March 2019) on a chilly Saturday morning, staged at Ullens Center for...

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