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Published on Jul 22, 2016
Episode #237: Richard Tuttle reflects on a decades-long career, and the conceptual, thematic, and stylistic threads that can be consistently traced through his 26 New York gallery exhibitions. Tuttle was interviewed at Pace Gallery, where fittingly his installation "26" provided an archival record of these solo shows, collectively exposing a profound intimacy in postminimalism.
"I'm very committed to the idea of making an art that stays contemporary," says Tuttle. The artist goes on to describe his interest in creating works that fuse together “the kinds of things that only happen once and the kinds of things that happen always." Tuttle also shares advice for young artists and reflects on the value of art: "Art's importance comes when it’s a tool for life, when it makes life more available for us."
Even when considering his three-dimensional works, Richard Tuttle commonly refers to his art as drawing rather than sculpture—the distinction emphasizing the diminutive scale and idea-based nature of his work. Influenced by calligraphy, architecture, and poetry, he subverts the conventions of modernist sculptural practice by creating small, eccentrically playful objects in humble, fragile materials.
CREDITS: Producer: Ian Forster. Consulting Producer: Wesley Miller & Nick Ravich. Interview: Ian Forster. Editor: Jarred Alterman. Camera: Jarred Alterman. Sound: Ian Forster. Production Assistant: Melanie McLean. Artwork Courtesy: Richard Tuttle & Pace Gallery. Archival Photography Courtesy: Duane Michals. Courtesy of DC Moore Gallery, New York & Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
ART21 "Exclusive" is supported, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; 21c Museum Hotel, and by individual contributors.