Richard Tuttle

Whitney Museum of American Art

The architecture of the Whitney Museum and the art of Richard Tuttle make strange bedfellows. This essential fact remains, regardless of what else (good and mostly bad) has been said about his exhibition there. Ten years of Tuttle’s work, presented as “a major examination” (not a retrospective, but major nonetheless), were seen in a series of three installations designed, it was stated, to expose much work, yet allow each piece the large quantity of space it required. There were about 25 pieces on view at a time. About ten of these formed the core of the exhibition and were visible, although in different places, during all three parts. Pieces were shifted from wall to wall, from floor to wall, wall to floor, and many were recreated on the spot. In her statement accompanying the exhibition, Marcia Tucker writes, “Tuttle has often said that given a specific space, there may be only one work

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