New York

Richard Tuttle

Betty Parsons Gallery

Richard Tuttle’s 1975 exhibition at the Whitney provoked Hilton Kramer—not widely known for his sense of humor—into writing what unwittingly may be his most entertaining review ever, in which the venerable New York Times critic composed adorable word plays on the minimalness of Tuttle’s art. If Tuttle accomplished nothing else in his career, what he did for Kramer’s reputation at that moment would be enough. But Kramer’s vituperative criticism was lighthearted and mild compared to what other writers made of Tuttle and the organizer of that exhibition, the then Whitney curator Marcia Tucker. The two of them were attacked with a ferocity rare in today’s press. What was it about the delicate, almost weightless, almost invisible wire, pencil, cloth, paper, wood and metal pieces strewn, hung and drawn here and there about an entire floor of the museum that warranted such outrage? Tuttle’s work

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