See, touch and meditate on 75 objects from Richard Tuttle’s personal art collection next spring at the Bard Graduate Center Gallery in New York City. The show, titled “Richard Tuttle: What is an object?” », Is co-organized by Tuttle and is one of the first devoted to the curiosities accumulated by the American post-minimalist over six decades. The show opens on February 25 and will run until July 10, 2022.
Samples of vintage fabric, ceramic tea cups, and sculptural furniture – some acquired by Tuttle, others of his own design – will be available for processing. Each work is accompanied by a sheet detailing his biography and includes Tuttle’s first encounter with the respective piece, as well as the reason why it entered his collection. The exhibition aims to establish links between the objects, which range from the mundane to the ephemeral and the bizarre, and his equally extensive artistic practice.
During his career, Tuttle has occupied the space between genres. He created minimal watercolors, plywood wall sculptures, artist books and installations, among others, all united by an attention to color, form and physicality. Throughout, he celebrates the tangible intimacy of each object.
Much of Tuttle’s work is small and embraces a homemade aesthetic, incorporating materials such as dyed fabric, styrofoam, and hot glue. It often engages the entire gallery, especially marginal or neglected spaces, corners, floors and door frames.
According to press materials, visitors are encouraged to give their own meaning to the eclectic display. They are also asked to view the exhibition not as isolated pieces, but as a brand new work designed by Tuttle. The impression being that by doing this, we can find new answers to the question “what is an object?”