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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
Focus Gallery
Bernard and Barbro Osher Gallery
Halford Gallery
Center Gallery
Becker 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 will give tours of the exhibition 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. Free and open to the public.

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.


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.