Richard Tuttle


Richard Tuttle

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caption = "Red Canvas," 1967, Corcoran Gallery of Art
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birthdate = 1941
location = Rahway, New Jersey
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nationality = American
field = Painting, Sculpture, Installation art
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Richard Dean Tuttle (born 12 July, 1941 in Rahway, New Jersey) is an American postminimalist artist known for his small, subtle, intimate works. His art deals with issues of scale and the classic problems of line.

Biography

Tuttle studied at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and after moving to New York in 1963 he spent a semester at the Cooper Union and worked at the Betty Parsons Gallery. One year after taking a job as an assistant at Betty Parsons, she gave him his first show.

Tuttle's reputation as a master was secure in Europe from early on, though acceptance of his work in his home country was slower. His works on paper are considered seminal works in American art. Tuttle had a survey exhibition in 1975 at the Whitney Museum of American Art. The exhibit was controversial and the show's curator Marcia Tucker lost her job as a result, after a scathing review by Hilton Kramer. [Julie Ault, "Alternative Art New York, 1965-1985: A Cultural Politics Book for the Social Text Collective", University of Minnesota Press, 2002, p205. ISBN 0816637946] Kramer, then art critic for "The New York Times" wrote, referring to Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's dictum "less is more", "in Mr. Tuttle's work, less is unmistakably less...One is tempted to say, art is concerned, less has never been as less than this." Tuttle's work, however, is in the collection of the Whitney today.

Tuttle is often referred to as an "artist's artist" and, as such, his work has been influential to a generation of contemporary artists such as Kiki Smith, Jim Hodges, David Hammons, Michael Oman-Reagan, Tom Friedman and Jessica Stockholder. He was a very close friend of minimalist painter Agnes Martin until her death in 2004.

In 2005, Tuttle had a major retrospective spanning his 40 year career at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The exhibit traveled to the Whitney Museum of American Art in November, 2005. He is represented by Sperone Westwater in New York City and by Galerie Schmela in Dusseldorf and by Annemarie Verna Galerie in Zurich . He lives and works in New York City and New Mexico. He is married to the poet Mei-mei Berssenbrugge.

He has been the recipient of many awards for his work including the 74th American Exhibition, Art Institute of Chicago Biennial Prize, the Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture, New York, and the Aachen Art Prize, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Germany.

Richard Tuttle has recently been commissioned to build a sculptur in the art house of the town of Zug, Switzerland.

References

External links

* [http://www.pbs.org/art21/artists/tuttle/ Biography, interviews, essays, artwork images and video clips] from PBS series "" - Season 3 (2005).
* [http://www.sfmoma.org/exhibitions/exhib_detail.asp?id=128 SFMOMA: The Art of Richard Tuttle]
* [http://www.artfacts.net/index.php/pageType/artistInfo/artist/1061 Current exhibitions on Artfacts.Net]
* [http://www.speronewestwater.com/cgi-bin/iowa/artists/record.html?record=3 Richard Tuttle represented by Sperone Westwater]
* [http://epc.buffalo.edu/authors/bernstein/blog/#10-20-07 Living Latin, Dying English] a compact "video-gram" between Tuttle and the American poet Charles Bernstein
* [http://writing.upenn.edu/pennsound/x/Tuttle.html Close Listening] Tuttle reading from selected pieces and in conversation with Charles Bernstein: this is a re-play of a radio program "Close Listening", from WPS1 Radio, NYC (recorded December 4, 2006)
* [http://www.magical-secrets.com/artists/tuttle Artist's bio at Crown Point Press]


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