Richard Tuttle - Grey Walls Work
8 June - 20 July 1998
Although this exhibition Grey Walls Work was the last venue on an English/Irish/Scottish tour of recent work by Richard Tuttle, he painstakingly created a unique response to the architectural space of Inverleith House and its relationship to the garden through the placing of the work and the inclusion of a new series of drawings made for Inverleith House ‘Botanical Renderings' (1997). The works in this exhibition were all made in the last three years, to be shown against a background of grey (rather than the traditional white). For Tuttle, each exhibition provides an opportunity not only for the viewer, but for the artist to discover something new about his or her own work. More than any artist to have shown at the Royal Botanic Garden before, Richard Tuttle's work was demonstrably uncompromisingly concerned with creating a surface and space across and through which cognition takes place.
Whilst installing the exhibition he remarked that whilst half of the reasons for making particular artistic decisions in creating works were clear to him, the other half were not; - leading him on to explore worlds on the edge of understanding, from the position of the artist as paramount. Richard Tuttle stressed that the works in this exhibition were not accessible on any ‘right' level, but on many different and equally important levels. For him, the experience of art should not have to be justified. He believes that ‘nourishment through art is necessary for human existence'.
RICHARD TUTTLE was born in 1941 in Rahway, New Jersey, and studied at Trinity College, Hartford, Conneticut. His first solo exhibition came at the age of 24, at The Betty Parsons Gallery in New York (1965), where he continued to exhibit regularly until the 1980s. By this time he had made solo exhibitions for the Whitney Museum of Modern Art, New York (1975) , the Kunsthalle, Basel (1977) and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1978). Since then, he has continued to exhibit widely in America and Europe.
All works courtesy of the artist.