Art21 Exclusive

Richard Tuttle Makes Tools for Life

Detail of Section VII, Extension I (2007) at Pace Gallery in New York City. Production still from the series ART21 Exclusive. © ART21, Inc. 2016. Cinematography: Jarred Alterman.

Detail of Section VII, Extension I (2007) at Pace Gallery in New York City.
Production still from the series ART21 Exclusive. © ART21, Inc. 2016. Cinematography: Jarred Alterman.

“Art’s importance comes when it’s a tool for life, when it makes life more available for us.”

— Richard Tuttle

Today’s ART21 Exclusive features Richard Tuttle reflecting on a decades-long career, and the conceptual, thematic, and stylistic threads that can be consistently traced through his 26 New York gallery exhibitions. Tuttle was interviewed at Pace Gallery, where fittingly his installation 26 provided an archival record of these solo shows, collectively exposing a profound intimacy in postminimalism.

“I’m very committed to the idea of making an art that stays contemporary,” says Tuttle. The artist goes on to describe his interest in creating works that fuse together “the kinds of things that only happen once and the kinds of things that happen always.” Tuttle also shares advice for young artists and reflects on the value of art: “Art’s importance comes when it’s a tool for life, when it makes life more available for us.”

ART21 Exclusive is supported, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; 21c Museum Hotel, and by individual contributors.

CREDITS: Producer: Ian Forster. Consulting Producer: Wesley Miller & Nick Ravich. Interview: Ian Forster. Editor: Jarred Alterman. Camera: Jarred Alterman. Sound: Ian Forster. Artwork Courtesy: Richard Tuttle & Pace Gallery. Archival Photography Courtesy: Duane Michals. Courtesy of DC Moore Gallery, New York & Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

 

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