The first retrospective of prints by the contemporary American artist Richard Tuttle (born 1941) will open on Saturday, June 28 at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.
A keynote program, "Prints, Textiles, and the Art of Richard Tuttle" will open exhibition, on Saturday afternoon, beginning at 3:30 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center. Please join us for insights from and conversation with Richard Tuttle, artist; Chris Dercon, director of the Tate Modern, London, England; Christina von Rotenhan, art historian and co-curator of the exhibition. Moderated by Anne Collins Goodyear, co-director of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.
A reception and family activities will follow the discussion, from 5:00 to 6:30 at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. Both events are free and open to the public.
RSVPs are requested, by not required. RSVP here.
Richard Tuttle: A Print Retrospective will highlight the experimental nature of Tuttle’s print practice and will mark the first time that many of these prints have been exhibited by a museum. Presenting a selection of more than 100 prints from the 1970s to today, created by Tuttle in collaboration with some of the country’s premier print studios, the exhibition will demonstrate the pivotal role of printmaking in Tuttle’s artistic practice, as an incubator of new ideas and a tool for collaboration and communication. By presenting four decades of Tuttle’s print works together for the first time, this retrospective will shed new light on the artist’s ongoing questioning of the fundamental principles of printmaking.
An unprecedented exploration of Tuttle’s printmaking, Richard Tuttle: A Print Retrospective demonstrates how, in collaboration with master printers and renowned publishers, Richard Tuttle has created prints that engage in traditional techniques—such as etching, woodblock, and lithography—and simultaneously question and reinvent the basic tenets of printmaking itself. With active participation from the artist, the installation will follow a chronological order to emphasize the dramatic evolution of Tuttle’s print-making across the past four decades—beginning with the post-minimal, conceptually driven work of the 1970s to the poetic investigations of the print medium in the 1990s, to the exuberant explorations of color in the 2000s, and the playful engagement of unconventional materials in this decade. Through works such as Tuttle’s recent project When Pressure Exceeds Weight (2012–2013)—a series of 11 prints/papers in which ink meets and is impressed onto paper pulp as through osmosis in a series of variations—Tuttle is introducing new media to traditional printmaking process. Representing the breadth and range of Tuttle’s printmaking, Richard Tuttle: A Print Retrospective will cast new light on Tuttle’s ongoing challenges to artistic conventions.