April 26 - June 1, 2013CLOSED: Sun, Mon, National Holidays
TOMIO KOYAMA GALLERY KYOTO
Richard Tuttle is one of the most significant artists at work today. Tuttle’s oeuvre over his long artistic career of almost half a century since the mid – 1960s comprises extraordinarily multifarious body of work that is beyond any categorization. It arises from “in-between” sphere of sculpture, painting, drawing, collage, installation, language and poetry. All of his work posses a sense of autonomy and independence: it is self-defined and not limited to any set description or representation. The works’ own features – line, form, texture, color, volume – are weaved into fresh and poetic, alternative visual language that is outside of existing preconceptions or representation systems, and play out as spatial development with rich sensory engagement. The works are created with humble and fragile materials such as paper, wood, wire or metal piece. The more self-evident and ephemeral the work seems, the more it becomes filled with spirituality and surprise.
Tuttle held his first solo exhibition in 1965 at Betty Parsons Gallery in NY, the most significant galley at the time. Since then, Tuttle has presented prominent and influential series in the history of contemporary art such as the cloth pieces, which he installed dyed and cut canvas on the wall, and were both pictorial and three-dimensional, and the wire pieces, which consisted of wire and its shadow and pencil lines, and small-scale collage pieces among others. As a post-minimalist he has been influential for next generations. In recent years, Tuttle has presented a large-scale series “Systems” that explores sculptures as spatial interpretation rather than three-dimensional form. He continues creating works in the process of investigation and invention with improvisation and discovery, turning the space where they are exhibited and experience of it into a part of the work itself.
Tuttle has been an artist in residence at The Getty Research Institute since September 2012. In this long-awaited solo exhibition in Japan, Tuttle will present new works including wall sculptures and drawings created during the residency. This is his third solo exhibition after 2002 and 2007 with Tomio Koyama Gallery, and his first at the gallery’s Kyoto space.
Richard Tuttle was born in Rahway, New Jersey, USA, in 1941. He currently lives and works in New York City, and New Mexico. In 1963 he completed his BA in philosophy and literature at Trinity College, Hartford, USA. He held his first solo exhibition at Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, in 1965 when he was 24 years old, and an exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1975 when he was 34 years old. Such exhibitions attracted significant attention, and had given rise to various topics of public discussion. Tuttle has further participated in international exhibitions such as La Biennale di Venezia (1976, 1997, 2001), Documenta (1972, 1977, 1987), “Skulptur Projekte in Münster” (1987), and the Whitney Biennial (1977, 1987, 2000). Richard Tuttle is thus not only a leading figure in post minimalism, but can also be described as an artist who has constantly stimulated the art scene while transcending conventions of categorization, historical contexts, and genres.
His recent exhibitions include The Art of Richard Tuttle, a large-scale retrospective that was held at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, and then traveled across various venues within the USA from 2005 to 2007. In 2014, Tuttle held a major exhibition I Don’t Know, Or The Weave of Textile Language at the Tate Modern and Whitechapel Gallery, garnering much interest for his monumental winged sculpture with textiles that was installed in the Turbine Hall. Tuttle’s works are housed in the collections of numerous museums throughout the world including the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Metropolitan Museum among other prestigious museums in the USA, as well as the Tate Modern, Centre Pompidou, and Museum Ludwig. In Japan, his work is a part of the collection of the National Museum of Art, Osaka.