Richard Tuttle (American, b.1941) is an Post-Minimalist artist best known for creating delicate, small sculptures and installation works that he often describes as drawings. After studying at Trinity College in Hartford, CT, from 1959 to 1963, Tuttle moved to New York City to continue his studies at the Cooper Union, and work as an assistant at the Betty Parsons Gallery. His close friendship with the painter Agnes Martin (American/Canadian, 1912–2004) strongly influenced Tuttle’s work; both artists share an emphasis on subtlety, small scale, and line. Tuttle’s installations challenge the monumental scale and heavy materials used by Minimalist artists. Paper Octagonals (1970), a series of 12 shapes cut from white paper, almost disappear into the gallery’s wall. His series of 48 wire pieces bridge the gap between drawing and sculpture by extending a line drawn on a wall into a wire that casts its shadow, creating a work in three dimensions. Tuttle’s work increased in scale starting in the late 1980s, as seen in his Replace the Abstract Picture Plane IV, a grid of 40 pieces of plywood painted in bright colors. His work can be found in many museum collections, such as the Fogg Art Museum in Cambridge, MA, the Metropolitan Museum in New York, and the Museum Ludwig in Cologne. He has held a retrospective at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2005, and his work has been exhibited at museums around the world, such as the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, Kunsthaus Zug in Switzerland, and the Museu Serralvesin in Portugal. He is represented by the Sperone Westwater Gallery in New York.

Timeline

BA, Trinity College, Hartford, CT
Cooper Union School of Art and Architecture, New York, NY
Lives and works in NY and New Mexico
Born, Rathway, NJ
Pratt School of Design, Brooklyn, NY

Exhibitions

2013
Nothing and Everything, Marc Straus, New York, NY
2013
A Stone Left Unturned, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris
2013
Scale, Nicolas Metivier Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2013
New Projects: Richard Serra, Richard Tuttle and Franz West
2012
Lines of Thought, Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, London
2012
Between the Knowing, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA
2012
The Shape of Things, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art
2012
50 for Arkansas, Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR
2012
Slide, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway (solo)
2012
Richard Tuttle: Early Drawings and Sculpture, Anthony Meier Fine Art, San Francisco, CA (solo)
2012
The Shape of Things, The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (solo)
2012
Systems VIII- XII, Pace Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2011
Nod Nod Wink Wink: Conceptual Art in New Mexico and Its Influences, Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM
2011
Gestures, Brooke Alexander, New York, NY
2011
Light and Colour, Stuart/Shave Modern Art, London, UK (solo)
2011
Richard Tuttle: What’s the Wind, PACE Gallery, NY (solo)
2010
/ (LEAN), Nicole Klagsbrun, New York, NY
2010
Jumble, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
2010
On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century, MoMA, New York, NY
2010
Richard Tuttle: Source of Imagery, 1995-2010, Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen (solo)
2009
Richard Tuttle: Walking on Air, PACE Gallery, NY (solo)
2009
ZIG ZAG, Sperone Westwater, New York, NY
2009
Winter Group Show, William Shearburn Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2008
Styrofoam, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
2008
Selections from the Collection of Helga and Walther Lauffs, David Zwirner and Zwirner & Wirth, New York, NY
2008
Richard Tuttle, Craft Annemarie Verna Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
2007–2008
Water, The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St. Louis, MO
2007–2008
Mask, James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY
2007
Not For Sale, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY
2007
Fast Forward: Contemporary Collections for the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
2005–2007
The Art of Richard Tuttle, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 2 July - 16 October, 2005; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New YOrk10 November 2005 - February 5, 2006; Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA, 18 March - 11 June, 2006; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, 15 July - 8 October, 2006; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 11 November - 4 February, 2007; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 8 April - 30 July, 2007 (solo)
2006
The Mediated Gesture, Brooke Alexander Editions, New York, NY
2006
Contemporary Masterworks: Saint Louis Collects, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri
2006
The Last Time They Met, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London
2006
Chers Amis, Domaine de Kerguehennec, Bignan, France
2006
New York, New York: Fifty Years of Art, Architecture, Ciema, Performance, Photography and Video, Grimaldi Forum, Monacao
2006
Nothing and Everything, Peter Freeman, Inc., New York, NY
2006
Freeze! A Selection of Works from a New York Collection, Robilant + Voena + Sperone, London
2006
The Kreutzer Sonata: Historical Work by Richard Tuttle, Nyehaus, and Zwirner & Worth, New York, NY (solo)
2006
Richard Tuttle, Reflection: In the Pool, Sperone Westwater, New York, NY (solo)
2006
Richard Tuttle: Unfold, FRAC, Auvergne, France, 12 January - 12 March, 2006; Domaine de Kerguehennec, Bignan, France, 15 April - 18 June, 2006; FRAC, Haute Normandie, Sotteville les Rouen, France, 21 October - 10 December, 2006 (solo)
2006
Richard Tuttle, Jurgen Becker, Hamburg (solo)
2006
Richard Tuttle: New Work, Galerie Ulrike Schmela, Düsseldorf, Germany (solo)
2006
The Art of Richard Tuttle, MCA Chicago, IL (solo)
2006
Richard Tuttle: New Work, Galerie Lena Bruning, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2006
Richard Tuttle: Memory Comes From Dark Extension, Sperone Westwater, New York, NY (solo)
2006
Richard Tuttle, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
2006
The Kreutzer Sonata: Historical Work by Richard Tuttle, Nyehaus, and Zwirner & Worth, New York, NY (solo)
2006
Richard Tuttle, Reflection: In the Pool, Sperone Westwater, New York, NY (solo)
2006
Richard Tuttle: Unfold, FRAC, Auvergne, France, 12 January - 12 March, 2006; Domaine de Kerguehennec, Bignan, France, 15 April - 18 June, 2006; FRAC, Haute Normandie, Sotteville les Rouen, France, 21 October - 10 December, 2006 (solo)
2006
Richard Tuttle: Talks, Looks, Walks--Three Windows, Annemarie Verna Galerie, Zurich (solo)
2006
Richard Tuttle, Jurgen Becker, Hamburg (solo)
2006
Richard Tuttle: New Work, Galerie Ulrike Schmela, Düsseldorf, Germany (solo)
2006
The Art of Richard Tuttle, MCA Chicago, IL (solo)
2006
Richard Tuttle: New Work, Galerie Lena Bruning, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2006
Richard Tuttle: Memory Comes From Dark Extension, Sperone Westwater, New York, NY (solo)
2006
Richard Tuttle, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
2006
Richard Tuttle: 5 x 5 x 5, Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, Denmark (solo)
2005–2006
Minimalism and Beyond, The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St. Louis, MO
2005–2006
Eccentric Modern, The Foundation To-Life, Inc., Mount Kisco, NY
2005
Drawings from the Modern, 1945-1975, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
2005
Looking at Words; The Formal Presence of Text in Modern and Contemporary Works on Paper, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY
2005
Greater Than the Sun: Selections from the Craig Robins Collection of Contemporary Art, University Gallery, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
2005
Richard Tuttle: Wire Pieces, CAPC Musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux, France (solo)
2005
Richard Tuttle, Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA
2004
Richard Tuttle: It’s a Room for 3 People, The Drawing Center, New York, NY
2000
Two With Any To, Sperone Westwater NY
1999
Richard Tuttle, The Arts Club of Chicago Chicago, IL
1998
Richard Tuttle: "The Thinking Cap", The Fabric Workshop and Museum Philadelphia, PA
1997
Richard Tuttle: Works 1964-1996, CA State Long Beach Art Museum & Kunsthaus Zug California & Switzerland
1996-7
Richard Tuttle: Grey Walls Work, Camden Arts Centre London
1996
Richard Tuttle: Replace the Abstract Picture Plane, Kunsthaus Zug Switzerland
1995
abstrakt, Galerie Klein Bad Munstereifel-Mutscheid, Germany
1995
Richard Tuttle: lampen, Stoel, Carin Delcourt van Krimpen Amsterdam, Netherlands
1995
North-South Axis, Museum of Fine Arts Santa Fe, NM
1995
The Poetry of Form: Richard Tuttle Drawings from the Vogel Collection, Museum of Fine Arts Santa Fe, NM
1995
New Sculptures and Drawings, Kohn Turner Gallery Los Angeles, CA
1995
Richard Tuttle, Mary Boone Gallery New York, NY
1995
Karsten Greve, Karsten Greve Milan, Italy
1995
University of Southern Florida, University of Southern Florida Tampa, FL
1995
Richard Tuttle 'verbal windows', Galleria Bonomo Bari, Italy
1994
Prints and Related Works, Brooke Alexander Editions New York, NY
1994
Richard Tuttle Le Temps Retrouve, Galerie Yvon Lambert Paris, France
1994
Richard Tuttle, Second Floor Exhibition Space Reykjavik, Iceland
1994
Richard Tuttle, Galerie Juergen Becker Hamburg, Germany
1994
Galerie Meert Rihoux, Galerie Meert Rihoux Brussels, Belgium
1994
Richard Tuttle, Annemarie Verna Galerie Zurich, Switzerland
1994
A lamp, a chair, a chandelier, A/D Gallery New York, NY
1994
Discontinous Space, Burnett Miller Gallery Santa Monica, CA
1994
Richard Tuttle, Texas Gallery Houston, TX
1993
Richard Tuttle: Works on Paper, Jack Tilton Gallery New York, NY
1993
Richard Tuttle: False Nexus, Galerie Fred Jahn Munich, Germany
1993
Chaos, The Form, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden Baden-Baden, Germany
1993
Richard Tuttle: Space/Sculpture, University Art Museum, UC Berkeley Berkeley, CA
1993
Twenty Floor Drawings: Richard Tuttle, Indianapolis Museum of Art Indianapolis, IN
1993
The Poetry of Form: Richard Tuttle Drawings from the Vogel Collection, Indianapolis Museum of Art Indianapolis, IN
1992
Annemarie Verna Galerie, Annemarie Verna Galerie Zurich, Switzerland
1992
Richard Tuttle: Time to do Everything: Flo,
1992
Twenty Floor Drawings: Richard Tuttle, Inst. Valenciano de Arte Moderno, Ctr. J. Gonzales Valencia, Spain
1992
The Poetry of Form: Richard Tuttle Drawings from the Vogel Collection, Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno Centre Julio Gonzales, Valencia, Spain
1992
RAM Gallery, RAM Gallery Rotterdam, Netherlands
1992
Mary Boone Gallery, Mary Boone Gallery New York, NY
1992
Laura Carpenter Fine Art, Laura Carpenter Fine Art Santa Fe, NM
1992
Richard Tuttle: Early Drawings, Lawrence Markey Gallery New York, NY
1991
Richard Tuttle, Rhona Hoffman Gallery New York, NY
1991
Richard Tuttle: Crickets, Sala d'Exposicions de la Fundacio, La Caixa Barcelona, Spain
1991
Twenty Floor Drawings: Richard Tuttle, Institute of Contemporary Art Amsterdam, Netherlands
1991
Galerie Pierre Huber, Galerie Pierre Huber Geneva, Switzerland
1991
Galeria Weber, Galeria Weber Alexander y Cobo, Madrid, Spain
1991
Galerie Meert Rihoux, Galerie Meert Rihoux Brussels, Belgium
1991
Richard Tuttle: New Works, Victoria Miro Gallery London, England
1990
New Mexico Silver/ Firenze Gold, Galleria Victoria Miro Florence, Italy
1990
Richard Tuttle: In Memory of Writing, Sprengel Museum Hanover, Germany
1990
Richard Tuttle, Galerie Hubert Winter Vienna, Austria
1990
The Nature of the Gun: Richard Tuttle, A/D Gallery New York, NY
1990
Inside the Still Pure Form, BlumHelman Gallery New York, NY
1990
Octavio for Annemarie, Annemarie Verna Galerie Zurich, Switzerland
1990
Richard Tuttle: Einleitung, Galerie Schmela Düsseldorf, Germany
1990
Brooke Alexander, Brooke Alexander New York, NY
1990
Richard Tuttle: Paris Pieces, Yvon Lambert Galerie Paris, France
1989
Vienna Gotico, Galerie Alessandra Bonomo Rome, Italy
1989
Richard Tuttle: Lonesome Cowboy Styrofoam, Gallery Casa Sin Nombre Santa Fe, NM
1988
Richard Tuttle, Galerie Meert Rihoux Brussels, Belgium
1988
Richard Tuttle Installation: Early Works, BlumHelman Gallery New York, NY
1988
There's No Reason a Good Man is Hard to Find, BlumHelman Warehouse New York, NY
1988
5 Pieces Richard Tuttle 1987, Annemarie Verna Galerie Zurich, Switzerland
1987
Richard Tuttle: New Work, Annemarie Verna Galerie Zurich, Switzerland
1987
Richard Tuttle: The Baroque and Color, Neue Galerie Am Landesmuseum Joanneum Graz, Austria
1987
Locus Solus IV: Richard Tuttle, Galerie Hubert Winter Vienna, Austria
1987
Nîmes au Printemps - Richard Tuttle, Galerie des Arènes Nîmes, France
1987
Richard Tuttle, Galerie Yvon Lambert Paris, France
1987
Richard Tuttle, Anders Thornberg Gallery Lund, Sweden
1987
Richard Tuttle, Victoria Miro Gallery London, England
1987
Richard Tuttle: New Work, BlumHelman Gallery Los Angeles, CA
1987
Richard Tuttle: Space in Finland, Galerie Schmela Düsseldorf, Germany
1987
Richard Tuttle: Portland Works 1976, Galerie Karsten Greve Cologne, Germany
1987
Richard Tuttle: Portland Works 1976, Thomas Segal Gallery Boston, MA
1986
Painted Sculpture, BlumHelman Gallery New York, NY
1986
Richard Tuttle, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris Paris, France
1986
Richard Tuttle: Wire Pieces, 1972, CAPC Musée d'Art Contemporain Bordeaux, France
1986
Richard Tuttle, Reinhard Onnasch Galerie Berlin, Germany
1986
Richard Tuttle: New Works, Victoria Miro Gallery London, England
1985
Richard Tuttle: New Work, Galerie Schmela Düsseldorf, Germany
1985
Snow, Galleria Marilena Bonomo Bari, Italy
1985
Richard Tuttle, Galleria Toselli Milan, Italy
1985
Richard Tuttle: New Work, Stadtisches Museum Abteiberg Möchengladbach, Germany
1985
Richard Tuttle, Galerie Yvon Lambert Paris, France
1985
Richard Tuttle: Works 1964-1984, Institute of Contemporary Arts London, England
1985
Richard Tuttle, Fruitmarket Gallery Edinburgh, Scotland
1984
Richard Tuttle, Galerie Hubert Winter Vienna, Austria
1984
Richard Tuttle, Studio la Città Verona, Italy
1984
Richard Tuttle, Galerie Yvon Lambert Paris, France
1984
Richard Tuttle, Galerie Schmela Düsseldorf, Germany