510 West 25th Street, New York
May 6 ¬– June 11, 2016
Thursday, May 5, 6¬–8 pm
New York—Pace Gallery is pleased to present 26, an exhibition of works by Richard Tuttle spanning fifty years of the artist’s career. 26 will be on view from May 6 to June 11, 2016 at 510 West 25th Street, with an opening reception for the artist on Thursday, May 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. To accompany the exhibition, a catalogue will be published with a conversation between the artist and Bill Brown, the Karla Scherer Distinguished Service Professor in American Culture at the University of Chicago.
The exhibition will include works from Tuttle’s twenty-six solo gallery shows in New York: Betty Parsons Gallery (1965, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1978, 1982); BlumHelman Gallery (1983, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990); Mary Boone Gallery (1992, 1993, 1995); Sperone Westwater (1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007); and Pace Gallery (2009, 2011, 2012, 2014).
Extending from Tuttle’s constructed paintings shown in 1965 at Betty Parsons Gallery to his Looking for the Map works from Pace’s 2014 exhibition, 26 will trace the artist’s work brought together for the first time. Using a historic framework as a way of looking forward, the show will include works such as M – Violet – M (1965), a plywood relief with a painted monochromatic surface, and First Paper Octagonal (1970), an irregularly shaped octagon cut from white paper and affixed directly to the wall.
26 will include three of Tuttle’s galvanized tin “letters”—early examples of the artist’s commitment to language—as well as a wire piece, a notebook drawing, a textile work, a selection of wall-bound assemblages, and other works that reveal the artist’s enduring focus of what he has referred to as “making something which looks like itself.”
The exhibition at Pace coincides with Richard Tuttle: Critical Edge, a presentation of new works in fabric at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, which is on view from April 2 to June 26, 2016.
Richard Tuttle (b. 1941, Rahway, New Jersey) has been the subject of numerous major solo exhibitions including his 1975 exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, curated by Marcia Tucker, and a 2005 retrospective organized by Madeline Grynsztejn at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art that toured the United States. In 2014, he exhibited in the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall; simultaneously, the Whitechapel Gallery, London, presented I Don’t Know. Or The Weave of Textile Language, a survey of his textile works that traveled to the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Other recent exhibitions include Wire Pieces at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St. Louis (2015), and a retrospective of his prints organized by Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine (2014) that remains on view through May 7 at the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art. Tuttle was included in the five-artist exhibition Drawing Redefined, curated by Jennifer Gross, at the deCordova Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts (2015–16).
His work is held in more than fifty public collections worldwide, including Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Centre Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne, Paris; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Tate, London; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, among others.
Richard Tuttle lives and works in Mount Desert, Maine; Abiquiu, New Mexico; and New York. This is his fifth exhibition at Pace.