Spanning four decades with a focus on important works from the 1970s and ‘80s, Richard Tuttle’s exhibition will exemplify the centrality of the practice of drawing to his body of work.
The earliest work in the exhibition is a rare drawing executed in 1959, titled To New York, which relates formally to a later work, titled On the Way to New York (1969), currently in Tuttle’s retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art. The exhibition will also include a number of important serial works from the 1970s and ‘80s. Among them are drawings that are composed of cut-out lines and glyph-like markings, such as those that form a 10-part untitled work from 1973 and those on view from the series titled 60” Center Works (1975). Tuttle’s Vienna Series (1981) will be exhibited, presenting the artist’s impressions of his travels in the city of Vienna. Moreover, examples of the artist’s experiments with atypical materials and framing devices will be shown, including a group of watercolors from the series Great Men (1982).
Since his first solo exhibition at Betty Parsons Gallery in 1965, Tuttle has exhibited his work widely in the United States and abroad. His work has been shown in major exhibitions at such institutions as the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts (1971); the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1972, with David Novros); the Whitney Museum of American Art (1975); the Kunsthalle Basel (1977); the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1979); the ICA, London (1985); the Sprengel Museum, Hannover (1990); and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (1998, with Agnes Martin). His work is currently the subject of a traveling retrospective organized by Madeleine Grynsztejn at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art.