The first-ever comprehensive publication dedicated to the prints of Richard Tuttle (retrospective monograph).
Since the 1970s, in collaboration with renowned printers and publishers, Richard Tuttle has created a diverse printed oeuvre. In sensitively exploiting the unique possibilities of printmaking to make process, materials and actions visible, Tuttle explores the complexity of printmaking processes. “Prints” is the first monograph on Tuttle's printmaking. Edited by Christina von Rotenhan this publication introduces not only the artist's unique approach to printmaking with profound scholarly essays and catalogue entries for selected prints between 1973 and 2013, but also reveals Tuttle's deep interest in the collaborative nature of printmaking.
The timing of the publication is important as Richard Tuttle has also been invited to realize an installation in the Tate's Turbine Hall. The large-scale installation will provide a powerful counterpoint to the more intimate works from his printed oeuvre.
Published on the occasion of the exhibition “Richard Tuttle: A Print Retrospective” at Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, in 2014.
Born 1941 in Rahway, New Jersey, Richard Dean Tuttle lives and works in New Mexico and New York.
His work spans a range of media, from sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking and artist's books to installation and furniture. During the 1980s, Richard Tuttle began experimenting with materials and framing devices to probe art's relationship to scale, form and systems of display. Diverting from the cold precision of Minimalist his approach to art making embraces a playful and handmade quality that promotes the idea that things are always "just beginning". Often made out of humble materials such as plywood, cardboard, Styrofoam and paper, his work pushes the viewer to find forms of appreciation that aren't related to craftsmanship. In his own words, Tuttle proclaims that he loves materials, and at the same time is not really interested in them. The subtlety of this paradigm exemplifies his attitude towards art as a tool for life and an activity of sublimation engrossed in language and story telling.