Richard Tuttle

Städtisches Museum

The fact that Richard Tuttle’s quiet, poetic works prevailed against the Stádtische Museum’s ponderous, misshapen central exhibition hall speaks not only for his sensitivity in questions of exhibition design but also for the way he incorporates this sensitivity into each of his works. In the five-room exhibition, select works from 1965 to 1985 provided a discourse on formal, perceptual, and intuitive processes. Given its concentrated selectivity, “retrospective” would be an inappropriate term to apply to this show. Taking the central exhibition hall as our gauge, it would appear that the show’s intent was to produce a poetic symphony from the visual polarity of the early and the current work.

Analyses of Tuttle’s work founder on a lack of appropriate categories. The difficulty begins with finding accurate terms to characterize the forms he explores, and by no means ends with the effort to

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