In conjunction with Triumphs
—the current exhibition by Richard Tuttle at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, a seminar series will take place in collaboration with the Irish National College of Art and Design’s MA programme ‘Art in the Contemporary World’. Over the course of five seminars, artists, critics, and curators will respond to Triumphs
and take it as a point of departure to discuss current art practice. Each session will look at the work of Richard Tuttle in the context of four overarching themes: aesthetics, philosophy, science and history. The format will be a public lecture on Thursdays, followed by a seminar on Fridays. The lectures are free and open to the public; however booking is necessary for the seminars (email email@example.com). Participants at the seminars are required to do background reading and take part in focus groups and discussions.
Thursday 20th January, 4.30pm & Friday 21st January, 1pm
Aesthetics, Colour, Sensuality and Materiality
Thursday 3rd February, 1pm
Richard Tuttle and Thomas McEvilley in conversation
Friday 4th February, 1pm
“Recent Developments in the Social Situation of Art” a Public lecture by Thomas McEvilley
Thursday 24th February, 4.30pm & Friday 25th February, 1pm
Thursday 10th March, 4.30pm & Friday 11th March, 1pm
The Science of Alternatives
Thursday 31st March, 4.30pm & Friday 1st April, 1pm
A further series of public talks will take place on Wednesday mornings and Sunday afternoons. See www.hughlane.ie
takes its title from the Italian poet Petrarch (1304-1374) whose renowned poems ‘The Triumphs’ Richard Tuttle was reading while preparing for this exhibition. Classical Rome in the time of Emperor Augustus, the Augustan aesthetic and its revival in neo-classicism form part of the framework for the exhibition. For Triumphs
, The Hugh Lane and its history also became part of the raw material that Richard Tuttle employed. James Caulfeild, the 1st Earl of Charlemont (1728-1799) translated Petrarch’s poems, a manuscript of which is in the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin. Tuttle’s exhibition takes place in Charlemont House, one of the earliest neo-classical townhouses in Dublin, as well as in the Gallery’s new wing. In working with Richard we have realised that he always keeps things in motion—the question lies with the viewer who is never second guessed by the artist.
The work of Richard Tuttle is at times so slight and seemingly impermanent that it demands a rethinking of what we perceive an artwork to be. He employs humble, everyday materials to stretch the boundaries of what we recognize as the conventions of art. This is undertaken with an immense consideration of the civilizing values that shape and reshape our perceptions of reality.
“The benefits of freeing drawing from a canon are obvious, and I would like it to remain free forever.”—Richard Tuttle
is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue with texts by Thomas McEvilley, Richard Tuttle, Barbara Dawson and Michael Dempsey, which is available in the Gallery bookshop.
Tuesday to Thursday 10.00am– 6.00pm
Friday & Saturday 10.00am–5.00pm
© Richard Tuttle. Courtesy of Sperone Westwater.