See, touch and ponder 75 objects from Richard Tuttle’s personal collection next spring at the Bard Graduate Center Gallery in New York. The exhibition, titled “Richard Tuttle: What is the Object?”, is co-curated by Tuttle and is among the first devoted to curiosities accumulated by the American post-minimalist over six decades. The show opens February 25 and will run until July 10, 2022.
Samples of vintage fabrics, ceramic teacups and sculptural furniture will be available to handle (also on display will be furniture designed by Tuttle especially for the exhibition). Each work comes with a card detailing his biography and includes Tuttle’s first encounter with the respective piece, as well as why it entered his collection. The exhibition aims to make connections between objects, which range from the mundane to the ephemeral and the bizarre, and his equally expansive artistic practice.
Throughout her career, Tuttle has occupied the space between genres. He has 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 adopts a house aesthetic, incorporating materials such as dyed fabric, polystyrene, and hot glue. It often engages the entire gallery, especially marginal or neglected spaces, corners, floors, and doorways.
According to press materials, visitors are encouraged to make their own sense of the eclectic display. They are also asked to consider the exhibition not as isolated pieces, but as an entirely new work conceived by Tuttle. The impression being that by doing so, we can find new answers to the question “what is an object?”