The UK’s largest ever survey of the renowned American sculptor and poet
Richard Tuttle (b 1941) came to prominence in the 1960s, combining sculpture, painting, poetry and drawing. He has become revered for his delicate and playful approach, often using such humble, everyday materials as cloth, paper, rope and plywood. For this project, Tuttle has taken as his starting point one of the unsung heroes of everyday life: textiles.
Textiles are commonly associated with craft and fashion, yet woven canvas lies behind many of the world’s most acclaimed works of art and textiles are of increasing interest to artists today. I Don’t Know . The Weave of Textile Language investigates the importance of this material throughout history, across Tuttle’s remarkable body of work and into the latest developments in his practice.
The Whitechapel Gallery presents a major exhibition surveying Richard Tuttle’s career from the 1960s to today. He is renowned for being one of the first artists to make the radical gesture of taking the canvas off the stretcher and hanging it directly on the wall in works such as Purple Octagonal 1967, as well as making provocative sculptures such as Third Rope Piece 1974, the intimate scale of which directly responds to traditional ideas of monumental art.
Showcasing works selected in close dialogue with the artist, the exhibition centres on his use of fibre, thread and textile and offers a fascinating introduction to Tuttle’s influential body of work. The exhibition includesLooking for the Map 8 2013-14, a new work shown in the UK for the first time, alongside works made in situ by the artist such as the re-making ofTen Kinds of Memory and Memory Itself 1972, as well as international loans from museums and private collections.