Richard Tuttle: Introduction to Practice

Curated by Victor Wang

March 16, 2019 - Jun 2, 2019


   In spring 2019, M WOODS presents Richard Tuttle: Introduction to Practice, a survey spanning five decades of the artist’s prolific career and his first in China. Guest curated by Victor Wang 王宗孚, the exhibition details Tuttle’s pursuit of art for life through a practice and visual language concerned with reality and a strengthening of the spirit. The layout of the exhibition is organized by a symbol designed by the artist and includes nearly 100 of Tuttle’s most widely recognized works. His major series—Paper Octagonals, Rope Pieces, Wire Pieces and more—are clustered into “pods” of three, a highly innovative method of display and a first for the artist. Developed in close collaboration between the artist and curator, the show also includes a major sculptural commission and a special publication.


   Engaged with sculpture, painting, drawing and poetry, Tuttle resists art historical classifications, such as Minimalism or Abstraction. His aesthetic forms carry a remarkable sensitivity towards everyday materials, sparking much critical debate since the 1960s. Ephemeral yet timeless, their attention to scale and environment continue to inspire to this day. Unfolding across the entirety of the museum, Introduction to Practice offers Chinese audiences a rare opportunity to engage directly with Tuttle’s diverse oeuvre.  


   Richard Tuttle (b. 1941, New Jersey) lives and works between Maine, New Mexico and New York. His works are in major private and public collections around the world, and his recent retrospectives have been held at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art; and  Whitechapel Gallery, London. His other achievements include a major commission at Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, invitations to the Venice Biennale (1976, 1997, 2001), Documenta (1972, 1977 and 1987) and the Whitney Biennial (1977, 1987, 2000).