Richard Tuttle, Village II, No. II, 2003. Collection of Craig Robins, Miami Beach.

Richard Tuttle: It’s a Room for 3 People




Art Matters!
Conversation about Richard Tuttle between Marcia Tucker and
AAM Director and Chief Curator Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson


Since the mid-1960s, Richard Tuttle has been creating lyrical, purposeful, and inspiring work that is radical in its insistence on defying convention and resisting categorization. Creating sculpture and drawing with diverse and unexpected materials, Tuttle’s pieces combine both traditional drawing media with more humble elements like plywood, string, cardboard, cloth, sawdust, glitter, and Styrofoam.


Comprised of more than ninety works organized into four "villages", Richard Tuttle: It’s a Room for 3 People presents new work by this iconoclastic and influential artist. The intimate scale and ephemeral materials employed by Tuttle, as well as his process oriented formal experiments, have had a lasting impact on a younger generation of artists, among them Tony Feher, Tom Friedman, Jim Hodges, and Sarah Sze.


According to Tuttle, the artist ought to make "something we can experience and take in and then go back and take in the beauty of the world and not be overwhelmed by it." By significantly transforming the way that viewers experience art, inherent in Tuttle’s body of work is a quiet yet urgent sense of transcendence.


Richard Tuttle: It’s a Room for 3 People was organized by The Drawing Center, New York. The Drawing Center

acknowledges The Judith Rothschild Foundation, The MAT Charitable Foundation, Inc., the Daniel M. Neidich and

Brooke G. Neidich Foundation, Sperone Westwater, Agnes Gund and Daniel Shapiro, and Judith E. Neisser for their

generous support of this exhibition.


The Aspen Art Museum presentation was funded in part by the AAM National Council.