b. 1941, United States

Richard Tuttle Artworks

Richard Tuttle's artwork subverts the traditions of Modernism and Minimalism. His small and restrained compositions often engage with scale and alternative systems of display. By refusing the limitations of Minimalism, Tuttle creates a dialogue that focuses on the importance of craft and favours humble materials such as wire, paper, cloth, and wood.

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In 1970, Tuttle created 'Paper Octagonals' (1970), 12 works made from paper shapes cut from a template and glued to a wall. When displayed, Tuttle intended 'Paper Octagonals' to disappear into the wall as much as possible.

Despite the artwork's thin material and lack of colour, the 'Paper Octagonals' are oddly present due to their misshapen composition. Tuttle's delicate work is neither painting nor sculpture. Instead, the artwork rests between the two, creating a new and radical space in contemporary art.

'Wire Pieces' (1971—1972) is a series of work made from hand-drawn lines, wire, and shadows. Tuttle uses the wire to extend the form of his pencil drawings, and the wire's shadow to expand the composition of the work even further.

By using alternative mediums, Tuttle creates a work that exists in three dimensions. His imaginative use of modest materials creates playful objects that promote the idea-based nature of his practice.

From the late 1980s onwards, Tuttle began to increase the scale of his work. While he was working in Switzerland in the early 1990s, Tuttle worked on a number of large-scale abstract works for Kunsthaus Zug. Replace the Abstract Picture Plane IV (1996—1999) is one of four artworks Tuttle made specifically for the museum, consisting of 40 pieces of asymmetrically placed plywood painted in vivid colours. Tuttle hoped his handmade objects would redefine the space and signify a new age of collaboration between artists and museums.

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Process 9 + 10 by Richard Tuttle contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture, drawing
Richard Tuttle Process 9 + 10, 2023 Water based colour, colour pencil, graphite on paper, wood, on cardboard
30.5 x 82.2 x 1 cm
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Process 5 by Richard Tuttle contemporary artwork drawing
Richard Tuttle Process 5, 2023 Water based colour, watercolour, graphite on paper, on cardboard
43.24 x 48.24 x 0.1 cm
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Process 1 by Richard Tuttle contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Richard Tuttle Process 1, 2023 Water based colour, graphite on paper, on cardboard
40.74 x 45.74 x 0.1 cm
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Remembering 4 by Richard Tuttle contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Richard Tuttle Remembering 4, 2023 Water based colour, graphite on paper, artist frame
63 x 82.5 x 4 cm
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Remembering 5 by Richard Tuttle contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Richard Tuttle Remembering 5, 2023 Water based colour, colour pencil, graphite on paper, artist frame
63 x 82.5 x 4 cm
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Remembering 3 by Richard Tuttle contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Richard Tuttle Remembering 3, 2023 Water based colour, graphite on paper, artist frame
63 x 82.5 x 4 cm
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Process 6 by Richard Tuttle contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Richard Tuttle Process 6, 2023 Water based colour, graphite on paper, on cardboard
56 x 46 x 0.1 cm
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Remembering 2 by Richard Tuttle contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Richard Tuttle Remembering 2, 2023 Water based colour, graphite on paper, artist frame
61.2 x 76.2 x 4 cm
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Remembering 1 by Richard Tuttle contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Richard Tuttle Remembering 1, 2023 Water based colour, graphite on paper, artist frame
61.2 x 76.2 x 4 cm
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Letter Pause (6) by Richard Tuttle contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Richard Tuttle Letter Pause (6), 2019 Collage, watercolor on paper
30.4 x 24.1 cm
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Half II by Richard Tuttle contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Richard Tuttle Half II, 1993 Watercolor, color pencil on paper
33.5 x 47 cm
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Particle 5, Off, 3 = 24 by Richard Tuttle contemporary artwork sculpture
Richard Tuttle Particle 5, Off, 3" = 24", 2022 Bronze
198.1 x 69.9 x 299.7 cm
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Particle 6, Out 3 = 24 by Richard Tuttle contemporary artwork sculpture
Richard Tuttle Particle 6, Out 3" = 24", 2022 Bronze
241.3 x 45.7 x 205.7 cm
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Particle 7, By, 3 = 24 by Richard Tuttle contemporary artwork sculpture
Richard Tuttle Particle 7, By, 3" = 24", 2021 Plywood
168.9 x 163.8 x 127 cm
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Particle 1, Under, 3 = 24 by Richard Tuttle contemporary artwork sculpture
Richard Tuttle Particle 1, Under, 3" = 24", 2021 Plywood
207 x 61.6 x 248.9 cm
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Temporary by Richard Tuttle contemporary artwork mixed media
Richard Tuttle Temporary, 2014 Card box, wood, paper, Plexiglas
5 x 33 x 33 cm
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Lonesome Cowboy Styrofoam by Richard Tuttle contemporary artwork print
Richard Tuttle Lonesome Cowboy Styrofoam, 1990 Artist book, offset lithography on paper, tape, styrofoam, rubber
13.5 x 12 x 5 cm
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Mandevilla 3 by Richard Tuttle contemporary artwork works on paper
Richard Tuttle Mandevilla 3, 1998 Aquatint on paper
60.7 x 55.9 cm
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Looking for Love II by Richard Tuttle contemporary artwork works on paper
Richard Tuttle Looking for Love II, 2014 Aquatint on paper
55.8 x 76.5 cm
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Negativities by Richard Tuttle contemporary artwork print
Richard Tuttle Negativities, 2017 Archival pigment print
68.5 x 58.5 cm
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Masculin by Richard Tuttle contemporary artwork sculpture
Richard Tuttle Masculin, 1999 Wood and plastic laminate
81 x 81 cm
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18 x 24 (III) 17 by Richard Tuttle contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture, drawing
Richard Tuttle 18 x 24 (III) 17, 2023 Paper, graphite, styrofoam, acrylic paint
23 x 37 cm
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18 x 24 (III) 14 by Richard Tuttle contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Richard Tuttle 18 x 24 (III) 14, 2023 Paper, graphite, styrofoam, acrylic paint
465 x 445 cm
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18 x 24 (III) 13 by Richard Tuttle contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture, drawing
Richard Tuttle 18 x 24 (III) 13, 2023 Paper, graphite, styrofoam, acrylic paint
405 x 50 cm
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18 x 24 (III) 12 by Richard Tuttle contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Richard Tuttle 18 x 24 (III) 12, 2023 Paper, graphite, styrofoam, acrylic paint
32 x 37 cm
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18 x 24 (III) 10 by Richard Tuttle contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture, drawing
Richard Tuttle 18 x 24 (III) 10, 2023 Paper, graphite, styrofoam, acrylic paint
34 x 34 cm
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18 x 24 (III) 5 by Richard Tuttle contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Richard Tuttle 18 x 24 (III) 5, 2023 Paper, graphite, styrofoam, acrylic paint
34 x 78 cm
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18 x 24 (III) 4 by Richard Tuttle contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Richard Tuttle 18 x 24 (III) 4, 2023 Paper, graphite, styrofoam, acrylic paint
415 x 33 cm
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18 x 24 (III) 3 by Richard Tuttle contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture
Richard Tuttle 18 x 24 (III) 3, 2023 Paper, graphite, styrofoam, acrylic paint
48 x 36 cm
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18 x 24 (III) 1 by Richard Tuttle contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture, drawing
Richard Tuttle 18 x 24 (III) 1, 2023 Paper, graphite, styrofoam, acrylic paint
44 x 44 cm
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Story XV by Richard Tuttle contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Richard Tuttle Story XV, 2020 Plywood, spray paint, pine
815 x 72 x 5 cm
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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
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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
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Story VI by Richard Tuttle contemporary artwork painting
Richard Tuttle Story VI, 2020 Plywood, spray paint, pine
74 x 76 x 7.7 cm
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Story XII by Richard Tuttle contemporary artwork painting
Richard Tuttle Story XII, 2020 Plywood, spray paint, pine
174 x 74.5 x 5 cm
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Story X by Richard Tuttle contemporary artwork sculpture
Richard Tuttle Story X, 2020 Plywood, spray paint, pine
76 x 69.5 x 5 cm
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Story IV by Richard Tuttle contemporary artwork sculpture
Richard Tuttle Story IV, 2020 Plywood, spray paint, pine
85.5 x 74.5 x 7.8 cm
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Story VII by Richard Tuttle contemporary artwork sculpture
Richard Tuttle Story VII, 2020 Plywood, spray paint, pine
84 x 74 x 5 cm
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Story XVIII by Richard Tuttle contemporary artwork sculpture
Richard Tuttle Story XVIII, 2020 Plywood, spray paint, pine
71 x 73.5 x 5 cm
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Story XVI by Richard Tuttle contemporary artwork sculpture
Richard Tuttle Story XVI, 2020 Plywood, spray paint, pine
72 x 65 x 5 cm
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Story XI by Richard Tuttle contemporary artwork sculpture
Richard Tuttle Story XI, 2020 Plywood, spray paint, pine
77.5 x 69.5 x 5 cm
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Story XIV by Richard Tuttle contemporary artwork sculpture
Richard Tuttle Story XIV, 2020 Plywood, spray paint, pine
76 x 68.5 x 5 cm
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Whiteness 12 by Richard Tuttle contemporary artwork sculpture, mixed media
Richard Tuttle Whiteness 12, 1994 Wood, clothes, paint and styrofoam
186 x 133 cm
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Lamp by Richard Tuttle contemporary artwork mixed media
Richard Tuttle Lamp, 1985–1987 Graphite, acrylic, paper, meyal wire, newsprint on cardboard
121 x 77 x 21.5 cm
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