Richard Tuttle: A Fair Sampling - Collected Writings 1966-2019 (2020)
Softcover (boards), 504 pages, 7 x 1.4 x 7.1 inches, color
A mixture of poems, statements, lectures and talks, and miscellaneous writings, this collection, edited by Dieter Schwarz, is a must have for fans of the exquisitely fragile, material-focused art of Richard Tuttle.
"The union of artist and poet in a single individual does not mean that words and works illustrate and elucidate one another; rather, the individual's artistic side paints and draws while the poetic side writes, with each form of expression functioning independently, at once self-contained and mutually complementary, forming an entity of two separate and irreducible halves...
Moving from the spoken to the written word requires an occasion: for Tuttle, these have been exhibitions of his and his friends' work, as well as of genres close to his heart, chiefly drawings and prints. Almost all of the texts collected here were written in response to specific requests.
Tuttle began his work without formal training as an artist, and the fact that he drew not on a learned body of skills and artistic techniques but on his experiences of artworks encountered since his youth is characteristic of his artistic practice. Thus, Tuttle views making art as a constant and fundamental querying of art's status. Art that exists solely in the act of being viewed rather than within a fixed frame is necessarily fragile and resists objective study, emerging anew as it does in every moment. All of Tuttle's works are effectively answers to the open questions arising out of the very existence of art, even as they reinforce the idealistic belief in the reality of this existence to which he is subject, as are all other viewers."
-Dieter Schwarz, in an excerpt from the book's introduction