Richard Tuttle

About Artist: A vital force in the development of Conceptualism and post-Minimalism, Richard Tuttle is one of the most influential artists of his generation. Tuttle’s work usually relies on seemingly understated uses of common materials, such as plywood, rope, Styrofoam, fabric, and cardboard. His careful use of simple media is intended to call attention to their manipulation, display, and materiality, as well as their effects upon the viewer’s perceptual awareness. Unlike many of his Minimalist contemporaries, Tuttle is a vocal proponent of beauty and the persuasive power of aestheticism. Wire and wood, in his work, may refer to drawing and Baroque decoration, while blank paper renders invisibility as a palpable but ineffable presence. Although much in Tuttle’s assemblages may appear haphazard, aleatory, or improvisational, his reputation is that of a master craftsman. His extensive planning, design, and carefully considered execution yields a body of work that emphasizes the importance of the details. Curious, also, is the modest scale of most of Tuttle’s artworks.

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