|Richard Tuttle at the FRAC Haute-Normandie
FRAC Haute Normandie, Sotteville-lès-Rouen
21 October 2006
Richard Tuttle is considered to be one of the most innovative and influential artists of the first post-60s generation to emerge in the United States. His highly original work is, moreover, the subject of a major retrospective being hosted by six of the most important American museums through 2007, and which for the first time ever looks back on a career spanning over 40 years.
For the special exhibition project programmed in three French contemporary art venues, he will take a more experimental look at, and highlight, the decidedly sensitive and poetic approach to sculpture and drawing for which he is famous.
Richard Tuttles art breaks away from any conventional concept of form, volume or constituted space to set free the material, surface, colour and line, which are accordingly used to their full physical and emotional potential. As he sees it, a work is first and foremost, by its very nature and in its form of expression, a fragile precarious presence, yet it holds the entire history of the world in all its depth. To make something which looks like itself is the problem, the solution. It is as though the point were to reassert the artists fundamental commitment by producing, experimenting and researching using the very language of the work of art per se.