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From the Hugh Lane Gallery Exhibition Archive 2010 #flashbackfriday returns to: Richard Tuttle, Triumphs
Richard had just moved to the Pace Gallery, New York in 2010 when I sent him a hand written letter to make contact. A few weeks later he replied saying that it was the fountain pen that caught his interest – that, and the namesake of Hugh Lane, one Fitz Hugh Lane - Tuttle’s favorite painter. After some period of correspondence Richard came to Dublin for a visit. It was his second time in Ireland (he had been here before with the legendary art dealer Betty Parsons) and with Barbara Dawson we curated the ideas for the exhibition entitled ‘Triumphs’ at the Hugh Lane Gallery. This was the first museum exhibition with Richard Tuttle in Ireland.
The work of American artist Richard Tuttle is at times so slight and seemingly impermanent that it demands a rethinking of what we perceive an artwork to be. He employs humble, everyday materials to stretch the boundaries of what we recognize as the conventions of art. He is one of the leading post-minimalist artists of our time.
"Richard Tuttle draws beauty and poetry out of humble materials, creating works that exist in the present moment, reflect the fragility of the world, and allow for individual experiences of perception".1
Barbara and I made a selection from all phases of Richard’s career which began in the 1960's for the introductory section of the show. Immersed within the Pop movement and the beginnings of Minimalism the artist’s prolific work engages aspects of painting, drawing, sculpture, bookmaking, printmaking as well as installation. The second section that followed became more esoteric as Richard’s enthusiasm for Polysemous imagery and poetry became more evident. Richard was reading ‘Triumphs’ (1351-74) by Italian poet Petrarch (1304–1374) and it became the inspiration for the title. This series of poems are ordered into six triumphs; love, chastity, death, fame, time and eternity and outline the ideal course of man from sin to redemption. Added to this Richard’s interest in the Roman Emperor Augustus (63 BC-14 AD) and the revival in neo-classicism (translated by Lord Charlemont) formed part of the framework for the exhibition.
Born in 1941, Richard Tuttle currently lives and works between Abiquiu, New Mexico and New York City. His work has been exhibited extensively worldwide since 1965. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Richard Tuttle: Days, Muses and Stars’ (2019), Pace Gallery, New York, ‘Richard Tuttle: 8 of Hachi’, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo (2018), ‘Richard Tuttle: The Critical Edge’ The MET, New York (2016), ‘Richard Tuttle’, Hauser & Wirth (2015), ‘Richard Tuttle: I Don’t Know, Or The Weave of Textile Language’, Whitechapel Gallery (2014) and the retrospective ‘The Art of Richard Tuttle’ organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art which traveled to the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Des Moines Art Center, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles (2005-2007). Tuttle’s work can be found in over 45 major public collections all over the world.
1 https://www.pacegallery.com/artists/richard-tuttle/ 21.04.2020
On the occasion of the exhibition, 'Richard Tuttle: Triumphs' was published with texts by Thomas McEvilley, Barbara Dawson, Michael Dempsey and Richard Tuttle.
For more information please see https://www.hughlane.ie/past/124-richard-tuttle-triumphs and https://www.pacegallery.com/artists/richard-tuttle/