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"When Pressure Exceeds Weight VI," 2012 by Richard Tuttle. Paper elements with embossment in 3 colors. © Richard Tuttle/Universal Limited Art Editions.
Richard Tuttle: A Print Retrospective
June 28, 2014 - October 19, 2014
Center Gallery
Becker Gallery
Bernard and Barbro Osher Gallery
Halford Gallery
Focus Gallery

Offering new insight into his artistic practice, and organized in close collaboration with the artist, Richard Tuttle: A Print Retrospective is the first-ever comprehensive examination of the prints of Richard Tuttle. In exploiting the unique possibilities of multiple printmaking processes, Tuttle reveals his deep interest in the relationship between medium, tools, actions, and collaboration. Through a selection of more than 100 works from the 1970s to today, many of which have never been exhibited by a museum, the exhibition demonstrates how Tuttle reinvents printmaking with his experimental approach, raising intriguing questions about technique, materiality, and the nature of art itself.

Bowdoin College Students gave tours of the exhibition from July 1 through August 15 on Tuesday through Friday at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

Major support for this exhibition has been provided by the Devonwood Foundation, Eric ’85 and Svetlana Silverman, The Cowles Charitable Trust, Coco Kim and Richard Schetman P’13, halley k. harrisburg ’90 and Michael Rosenfeld, Thomas A. McKinley ’06, and the Elizabeth B. G. Hamlin Fund at Bowdoin College. Additional support has been provided by Agnes Gund, Mary G. O’Connell ’76 and Peter J. Grua ’76, an anonymous donor, and the membership of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

The publication has been generously supported by Annemarie Verna Galerie, Zurich; C. G. Boerner LLC, New York/Düsseldorf; Crown Point Press, San Francisco, CA; Furthermore: a program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund; Gemini G.E.L. LLC, Los Angeles, CA; Pace Gallery, New York; Universal Limited Art Editions, Bay Shore, NY; as well as by private collectors and supporters, in particular Barbara Egli and Ursula Hodel.


Fall Programs

September 18, 2014 | 4:30 p.m. | Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center
“‘A Chance to be Aware’: On Richard Tuttle’s Art”
Dr. Richard Shiff, Effie Marie Cain Regents Chair in Art and Director, Center for the Study of Modernism, The University of Texas at Austin, who has written about Richard Tuttle’s work and interviewed the artist publicly, addresses the philosophical and perceptual aspects of “awareness” in Tuttle’s art.
Free. RSVPs are requested but not required. You may RSVP  here.

September 23, 2014 | 4:30 p.m.
Gallery Talk: “Printing with Richard Tuttle: Process and Collaboration”
Greg Burnet, master printer and publisher at Burnet Editions, New York is a frequent collaborator with Richard Tuttle. Presenting rarely seen studio sketches, printing plates, and color proofs, he gives a full account of the making of some of Richard Tuttle’s most acclaimed prints. Presented in conjunction with Richard Tuttle: A Print Retrospective.

October 2, 2014 | 4:30 p.m. | Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center
“Richard Tuttle: The Theater of Attention”
Susan Tallman, editor-in-chief, Art in Print discusses Richard Tuttle’s contribution to the field of contemporary printmaking. Tallman is the author of The Contemporary Print: From Pre-Pop to Postmodern (1996) and wrote an essay for the exhibition catalog. She is a member of the faculty of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Presented in conjunction with Richard Tuttle: A Print Retrospective. RSVPs are requested, but not required. 

Watch the video recording of the October 2 lecture here.

October 2, 2014 | 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Fall Open House at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art
Celebrate exhibitions at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art including Richard Tuttle: A Print Retrospective; Hendrick Goltzius: Mythology and Truth; Weaving the Myth of Psyche: Baroque Tapestries from the Wadsworth Atheneum; and Alison de Vere: Psyche and Eros.

October 8, 2014 | 12:00 noon | Bowdoin College Museum of Art
Gallery Conversation: Drawing a Line from Tuttle to Goltzius
The prints of Hendrick Goltzius and Richard Tuttle will come to life in a gallery talk led by Carrie Scanga, assistant professor of art, and Joachim Homann, curator at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

October 9, 2014 | 6:30 p.m. | Bowdoin College Museum of Art
Thursday Night Salon: Minimalist Music in the Museum
George Lopez, Beckwith Artist in Residence, Bowdoin College will offer an evening of minimalist works by Philip Glass, Arvo Part, and John Adams. Like Tuttle’s use of elemental objects such as paper, wire, or plastic bags, minimalist composers of “The Age of Protest” conceptualized a radically repetitive music in the 1960s using the simplest of musical motives as a reaction to the elaborate and labyrinthian music matrices of Schoenberg, Babbitt and Boulez.
Limited Seating. Free tickets required. Tickets will be available at the Museum Shop beginning on September 2.


Summer 2014 Opening Festivities

Keynote Program

Saturday, June 28, 2014
3:30 p.m. | Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

“Prints, Textiles, and the Art of Richard Tuttle”

Insights from and conversation with Richard Tuttle, artist; Chris Dercon, director of the Tate Modern, London, England; Christina von Rotenhan, art historian and curator of the exhibition. Moderated by Anne Collins Goodyear, co-director of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

Opening Reception and Family Activities

Saturday, June 28, 2014
5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. |Bowdoin College Museum of Art

Co-Director's Tour of the Exhibition

Friday, August 8, 2014
7:00 p.m. | Bowdoin College Museum of Art
Anne Collins Goodyear, co-director, Bowdoin College Museum of Art


"Cloth," 2002 – 2005. Series of 16 etchings with aquatint, spit bite, sugar lift, soft-ground, drypoint, and fabric collé, printed in colors. © Richard Tuttle/Brooke Alexander Inc., New York.
"In Praise of Historical Determinism I, II, III," 1973-74. Set of 3, lithograph and screenprint printed in color on Hayle Mill handmade paper. 30 x 22 in. each. © Richard Tuttle/Brooke Alexander Inc., New York

"T from the series Type," 2004. Portfolio of 26 color etchings with tarlatan chine collé. 12 1/2 x 12 1/2 in. © Richard Tuttle/Crown Point Press, San Francisco.
"Trans Asian," 1993. Color woodcut printed on silk backened with Chinese Xuan Zhi paper. © Crown Point Press, San Francisco.

"When Pressure Exceeds Weight VI," 2012-2013.  Series of 11 mixed media works with drypoint, inked à la poupée, printed in colors; with pigmented pulp, string embossing, colored snaplines and finger painted pigment additions on handmade paper. © Richard Tuttle/Universal Limited Art Editions.
Richard Tuttle.