Richard Tuttle: I Don’t Know, Or The Weave of Textile Language / Whitechapel Gallery, London

The Whitechapel Gallery in London currently presents a major survey exhibition dedicated to the American artist Richard Tuttle, which spans five decades of the artist’s career. The retrospective is titled I Don’t Know, Or The Weave of Textile Language. In this video we have a look at the show on the occasion of the press preview.

The exhibition is part of a collaboration between the Whitechapel Gallery and Tate Modern that celebrates the American sculptor and poet Richard Tuttle. In addition to the exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery, the Tate Modern commissioned Richard Tuttle to create a work for its Turbine Hall. Tuttle conceived a large-scale sculptural installation that is principally constructed of fabric. It’s the largest work ever created by the artist. click here!

The joint project has been specially devised by the artist. It focuses on the particular importance of textiles in his work. The exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery centers on his use of fibre, thread and textile. The show includes Looking for the Map 8, (2013-14), a new work shown in the UK for the first time, works made in situ by the artist such as the re-making of the key sculpture Ten Kinds of Memory and Memory Itself (1972), as well as international loans from museums and private collections. Richard Tuttle positioned the works not chronologically, but in a formal relationship to each other and in direct response to the architectural framework of Whitechapel Gallery’s historic exhibition spaces. The exhibition features works ranging in scale from the intricate series of Section, Extension wall pieces to the 3-metre long floor-based sculpture Systems VI (2011).

Richard Tuttle: I Don’t Know, Or The Weave of Textile Language. Whitechapel Gallery, London (UK). Press preview, October 13, 2014.

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