Richard Tuttle: Memory Comes From Dark Extension

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Richard Tuttle: Memory Comes From Dark Extension

257 Bowery
New York, NY 10002
May 3rd, 2007 - June 30th, 2007

east village/lower east side
Tue-Sat 10-6


Sperone Westwater is pleased to announce Memory Comes From Dark Extension, an exhibition of new work by Richard Tuttle, the artist’s fifth solo show at Sperone Westwater. This exhibition coincides with the final venue of the artist’s retrospective, The Art of Richard Tuttle which has been touring the United States since July 2005, and is due to open at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles on 22 April 2007.

Included in the exhibition are works made of handmade 280 lb Fabriano watercolor paper that are adhered directly to the wall. These small, painted relief sculptures are composed of acrylic paint and collage elements. The thick watercolor paper onto which all elements are drawn, painted or glued echoes the texture and grooves of the gallery’s white walls, thus fusing the sculpture with its surrounding space. The result is a group of work that explores the physical parameters of the art object and the space around it, while confounding the classical boundaries between painting, drawing and sculpture.

As with any Richard Tuttle work, these pieces are intended to force the viewer to look closely. In addition to the subtle shadows that each work casts onto the wall, each sculpture has a brush stroke or collage element hidden behind a larger paper construction. In order to experience the work in full you are forced to look at it from all angles. The resulting experience between the work and its viewer is surprising, intimate, and ultimately powerful.

Born in Rahway, New Jersey, in 1941, Richard Tuttle is a leading American artist of the Post-Minimalist generation. Since the mid-1960s, Tuttle has adopted a direct and improvisational process of making art using nontraditional materials. Forty years after his first solo show, Tuttle’s art continues to question concepts of composition and frame, to explore the balance between line and volume, and to merge the mystical with the material.

Since his first solo exhibition at Betty Parsons Gallery in 1965, Tuttle has had numerous solo exhibitions and his work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States and abroad. Most recently, a major retrospective organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has been installated at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Des Moines Art Center, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.