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Red Canvas, 1967, Corcoran Gallery of Art
July 12, 1941 |
Rahway, New Jersey
|Field||Painting, Sculpture, Installation art|
|Works||Paper Octagonals (1970),|
|Influenced by||Agnes Martin|
|Awards||Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture (1998), Aachen Art Prize (1998)|
Richard Dean Tuttle (born 12 July 1941) is an American postminimalist artist known for his small, subtle, intimate works. His art makes use of scale and line. His works span a range of media, from sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, and artist’s books to installation and furniture.
Tuttle was born in Rahway, New Jersey. He studied at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut from 1959 to 1963. After receiving his B.A. in 1963, he moved to New York and spent a semester at the Cooper Union while working at the Betty Parsons Gallery. One year after taking a job as an assistant to Betty Parsons, she gave him his first show.
Tuttle's reputation as a master was secured in Europe as it swiftly embraced Tuttle's minimalist art. In the United States, however, acceptance of his work 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. 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, where art is concerned, less has never been as less than this". Tuttle's work, however, is in the collection of several world-renowned art museums, including the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Kunsthaus Zug in Switzerland, and the Museu Serralvesin in Portugal.
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, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art organized a major retrospective of Tuttle's 40-year career. The exhibition traveled to museums throughout the United States, including the Whitney Museum of American Art in November 2005. Tuttle is represented by the Pace Gallery, Galerie Schmela in Düsseldorf, Germany, and by the 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 in 1998, and the Aachen Art Prize in 1998 from the Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Germany.
Richard Tuttle continues a 20-year relationship with the Kunsthaus Zug in Zug, Switzerland, out of which have grown five exhibitions and many publications from catalogues to posters and ephemera.
An exhibition of his new fabric sculptures, Richard Tuttle: Walking on Air, was on view through April 25, 2009 at The Pace Gallery's 534 West 25th Street gallery. A series of his colored aquatints was on exhibit at the Dubner Moderne gallery in Lausanne, Switzerland from February 11 through March 15, 2010.
- Birmingham Museum of Art (2010). Birmingham Museum of Art : guide to the collection. [Birmingham, Ala]: Birmingham Museum of Art. p. 247. ISBN 978-1-904832-77-5.
- "The Art of Richard Tuttle". Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Retrieved 26 July 2012.
- Julie Ault, Alternative Art New York, 1965-1985: A Cultural Politics Book for the Social Text Collective, University of Minnesota Press, 2002, p205. ISBN 0-8166-3794-6
- "Richard Tuttle Awarded the Aachen Art Prize". Sperone Westwater. 11 December 1998. Retrieved 26 July 2012.
Further reading 
- Madeleine Grynsztejn (2005). The Art of Richard Tuttle. Distributed Art Publishers/San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. ISBN 978-1933045009.
- Richard Tuttle at Brooke Alexander Gallery
- Richard Tuttle at Stuart Shave/Modern Art
- The Pace Gallery
- Biography, interviews, essays, artwork images and video clips from PBS series Art:21 -- Art in the Twenty-First Century - Season 3 (2005).
- SFMOMA: The Art of Richard Tuttle
- Current exhibitions on Artfacts.Net
- Richard Tuttle represented by Sperone Westwater
- Living Latin, Dying English a compact "video-gram" between Tuttle and the American poet Charles Bernstein
- 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)
- Artist's bio at Crown Point Press