The Art of Richard Tuttle

Edited by Madeleine Grynsztejn

Foreword by Neal Benezra; essays by Cornelia H. Butler, Madeleine Grynsztejn, Richard Shiff, Katy Siegel, and Robert Storr; additional contributions by Tara McDowell, Elizabeth A. T. Smith, Richard Tuttle, Adam D. Weinberg, and Charles Wylie

388 pages, 11 x 12 inches, hardcover with slipcase

Published in 2005

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, multi-faceted 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, 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.

Published on the occasion of the exhibition The Art of Richard Tuttle, held at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (July 2–October 16, 2005), Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (November 10, 2005–February 5, 2006), Des Moines Art Center (March 18–June 11, 2006), Dallas Museum of Art (July 15–October 8, 2006), Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (November 11, 2006–February 4, 2007), and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (March 18–June 25, 2007); hardcover edition published in association with D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers

ISBN 0918471753 (hardcover with slipcase)