previews

London

Richard Tuttle

Whitechapel Gallery
77 - 82 Whitechapel High Street
October 14–December 14

Curated by Magnus af Petersens/Achim Borchardt-Hume

What happens when you commission Richard Tuttle—a sculptor and poet whose famously understated work welcomes pensive admiration for loose string and lightly wrinkled cloth—to fill one of the most spectacular spaces for contemporary art on Earth? See for yourself this fall, when Tuttle’s enormous I Don’t Know, or The Weave of Textile Language takes pride of place in the Tate’s Turbine Hall. Meanwhile, the Whitechapel’s full-career retrospective of the American artist’s work, which emphasizes the function of textiles in his five-decade oeuvre, is well positioned to tie in with his Tate project. Expect some forty pieces, the majority fiber-based, all set to be installed by the artist himself, as he weaves new relationships among recent creations and key older works. An accompanying catalogue showcases Tuttle’s formidable textile collection, evidencing not just the references that inspire his practice but also his deeply informed appreciation for the materials that constitute his work.