Art of Richard Tuttle

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"Over the past four decades, Richard Tuttle has thrown into question nearly every conceivable artistic convention and critical category to create an enormously inventive body of abstract work - one that embraces and intermingles drawing, painting, collage, book-making, sculpture, and design. From his spare yet enigmatic forms of the 1960s to his complex, multifaceted assemblages and installations of more recent years, Tuttle's primary impetus throughout has been to craft unique objects, using everyday, often ephemeral materials, that demand to be ...
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"Over the past four decades, Richard Tuttle has thrown into question nearly every conceivable artistic convention and critical category to create an enormously inventive body of abstract work - one that embraces and intermingles drawing, painting, collage, book-making, sculpture, and design. From his spare yet enigmatic forms of the 1960s to his complex, multifaceted assemblages and installations of more recent years, Tuttle's primary impetus throughout has been to craft unique objects, using everyday, often ephemeral materials, that demand to be confronted on their own terms. The relentless individuality of his aesthetic vision has earned him standing as one of the most provocative and influential artists of his day." This richly illustrated and strikingly designed catalogue, the most authoritative volume ever published on this prolific artist, presents nearly four hundred reproductions of artworks from across his oeuvre and documentary photographs of his creative process. Essays by a distinguished group of writers trace the arc of Tuttle's career from its inception in the 1960s to the present day, addressing topics such as the philosophical underpinnings of his artistic method; his sensitive handling of diverse materials; his lifelong engagement with drawing and its expansion into three-dimensional space; his groundbreaking solo exhibitions and their critical reception in the United States and Europe; his complex play with the conventions of language; and his innovative artist's books, many of which are collaborations with poets.
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Tuttle has long been considered an artist on the cutting edge, often mentioned in the same sentence as Eva Hesse and Richard Serra. His 40-year career has consistently been about making people think about art "outside the box." The word playful is often applied to his work, and it is a very apt description indeed. This catalog is produced by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and published in conjunction with a six-city traveling retrospective of 300 pieces, including paintings, sculptures, artist books, and wall reliefs. It contains more than 260 reproductions, documentary images of Tuttle's working methods and past installations, an exhibition history, and a bibliography. Full-sized plates of the works in the exhibition accompany insightful essays and case studies by numerous art historians that help the reader better understand Tuttle's oeuvre. Recommended for larger academic libraries with strong contemporary art collections. [The exhibition kicked off in San Francisco in July and will be traveling over the next two years to New York, Des Moines, Dallas, Chicago, and Los Angeles.-Ed.]-Sheila Devaney, Univ. of Georgia Libs., Athens Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780918471758
  • Publisher: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Pages: 385

Table of Contents

Director's foreword 7
Acknowledgments 8
A universe of small truths 17
Touching down lightly 89
1971 exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts 135
1975 exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art 147
Kinesthetic drawing 169
Framed drawings 227
It shows 253
Design projects 288
As far as language goes 333
Something is happening 346
Catalogue of the exhibition 348
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