The Art of Richard Tuttle

Begin Date2006-07-15
End Date2006-10-08
CuratorsCharles Wylie
Credit LineThe Art of Richard Tuttle is organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Charles Wylie, The Lupe Murchison Curator of Contemporary Art, is the organizing curator in Dallas. The exhibition is generously supported by the Henry Luce Foundation, Mimi and Peter Haas, the Edward E. Hills Fund, Helen and Charles Schwab, and Agnes Gund and Daniel Shapiro. Additional national support was provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, Shirley Ross Sullivan and Charles Sullivan, the Irving Stenn Family, the Kadima Foundation, the Frances R. Dittmer Family Foundation, Jeanne and Michael Klein, Tim Nye and the MAT Charitable Foundation, Craig Robins, Louisa Stude Sarofim, Sperone Westwater, Joseph Holtzman, and Emily Rauh Pulitzer. Exhibition support in Dallas is provided by One Arts Plaza by Billingsley Company, the Exhibitionists Endowment Fund, the Donor Circle membership program through leadership gifts by Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Faulconer, Mary Noel and Bill Lamont, and Kelli and Allen Questrom, and the Contemporary Art Fund through the gifts of an anonymous donor, Arlene and John Dayton, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Faulconer, Nancy and Tim Hanley, The Hoffman Family Foundation, Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, Deedie and Rusty Rose, and Gayle and Paul Stoffel.
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LocationBarrel Vault and Hanley, Lamont, Rachofsky, and Stoffel Galleries
OrganizerSan Francisco Museum of Art
DescriptionThe Dallas Museum of Art presents The Art of Richard Tuttle, the largest retrospective ever organized of this influential American artist's groundbreaking career. Bringing together more than 300 significant works from collections worldwide, the exhibition unifies Tuttle's four-decade career in a provocative and imaginative installation designed by the artist, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art curator Madeleine Grynsztejn, who organized the exhibition, and Charles Wylie, The Lupe Murchison Curator of Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art. Richard Tuttle's richly complex and highly inventive output from the mid-1960s to the present includes sculptures, paintings, assemblages, works on paper, and artist books. The artist's distinctive style and its relation to American art since 1965 will be emphasized, summarizing the trajectory of his works and celebrating his singular achievements in imbuing basic abstract forms with emotion, mood, and (often) narrative elements. Tuttle's art purposefully blurs the boundaries between painting, sculpture, and drawing, and between the artwork and its surrounding space; his use of divers and unorthodox materials challenges formal restriction and represents one of the most radical yet approachable bodies of abstract art of our time. The presentation of The Art of Richard Tuttle will be essentially chronological, alternationg concentrations of works from a singe series with displays combining two or three related bodies of work. The design of the exhibition will allow viewers to understand Tuttle's methodology, as each gallery builds on the one preceding to emphasize the unifying principles in Tuttle's work: his distinct use of line, his explorations of scale, the pendulum swing between structural complexity and simplicity, and the artist's precise attention to the work's relationship to the wall. The Art of Richard Tuttle will be the first to convey these unifying threads, as previous exhibition have focused on discrete bodies of work and have not cited correspondences with Tuttle's overall production. The accompanying exhibition catalogue, "The Art of Richard Tuttle," was published by SFMOMA, in association with Distributed Art Publishers, Inc. The 388-page, fully illustrated catalogue offers new scholarly findings and promises to be the definitive publication on the artist and a lasting contribution to the art0historical field.