Both/And Richard Tuttle Print and Cloth

Both/And Richard Tuttle Print and Cloth

The Fabric Workshop and Museum

Left: Richard Tuttle, Pants, 1979. Pigment on bleached cotton muslin, 72 x 26 inches. Limited edition. Right: Richard Tuttle, The Thinking Cap, 1998. Pigment on cotton and stainless steel, 12 x 8.5 x 7.5 inches. Edition of 5; Richard Tuttle, 24, 1998. Pine. 24 x 24 x 24 inches. Edition of 8. Photo: Will Brown. All works in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia.

April 27, 2015

Both/And Richard Tuttle Print and Cloth
May 15–Summer 2015

Opening: Friday, May 15, 6–8pm
Members preview: artist discussion at 5:30pm

The Fabric Workshop and Museum
1214 Arch Street & 1222 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA

The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) proudly presents the Philadelphia premiere of Both/And Richard Tuttle Print and Cloth. This unique, multifaceted installation of over five decades of work—from the mid-1960s to present—was conceived by Tuttle, offering one of the most comprehensive experiences ever of his influential, contemporary American artist, who has a long history of collaboration with FWM, beginning in 1978 shortly after the Museum was founded by Artistic Director Marion Boulton Stroud. FWM will host a press preview on Thursday, May 14 at 10:30am; an opening reception on Friday, May 15 from 6 to 8pm, as well as a 5:30pm members preview: artist discussion at FWM, 1214 Arch. 

This installation will feature work from Tuttle’s two landmark textile and print surveys:
Richard Tuttle: I Don’t Know . The Weave of Textile Language organized by Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2014, curated by Magnus af Petersens, Chief Curator, with Poppy Bowers, Assistant Curator, Whitechapel Gallery.

“As a collector of textiles from all periods around the world, Tuttle approaches the mystery he finds in them by the humble attitude expressed in the exhibition title I Don’t Know. Because textiles run the risk of not being seen he feels we need to sharpen our senses.”
–Excerpt from Whitechapel Gallery, London. Richard Tuttle interpretation panels (2014)

Richard Tuttle: A Print Retrospective Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Maine, 2014, curated by independent curator Christina von Rotenhan.

“Ink on paper, oil and water, these two infinities resist. Paper is wetted to receive the greasy ink. The eye can witness minutiae; the mind can receive every degree in the battle between opposites, tell us something accurate and precise not possible in ink alone or water alone.”
–Richard Tuttle, “A Connoisseurship of Metaphor: Recent Prints by Richard Tuttle,” Art Journal 70, no.4 (winter 2011), p. 140.

At FWM, the exhibition Both/And Richard Tuttle Print and Cloth will also include new prints from the publishers Universal Limited Art Editions (Bay Shore, New York) and Gemini G.E.L. (Los Angeles), as well as the international premiere of new kimono work by the artist. 

“Art always comes from art.”
–Richard Tuttle

Tuttle collaborated with FWM in 1978, and nearly 20 years later in 1998, to create new projects using fabric. During his first residency, he embraced the hand screen-printing process and the idea of fabric to make a series of clothing—Shirts in 1978 and Pants in 1979. These projects were the costumes for a dance performance in 1979, worn by members of the Pennsylvania Ballet. Then in 1998, also utilizing the hand screen-printing process, Tuttle’s project The Thinking Cap maintains a connection to conceptual fashion, yet instead of a shape connecting to the body, this work focuses on the mind. The Thinking Cap, as presented in the press image, is displayed on another collaborative project 24, a minimal sculptural table. 

Currently an Artist-in-Residence at FWM, Tuttle’s new kimono work Extraordinary from will be on view in this major exhibition. The hand-sewn yukatas, or summer kimonos, are made of Sarashi cloth, a traditional Japanese cotton fabric. There are two editions of 20 plus 4 artist proofs, one for men and one for woman. The design and pattern in this edition of new work are Chusen dyed, a traditional Japanese method of dyeing using stencil paper, by Miyamoto Co., Ltd., in Osaka, Japan. The pattern in the woman’s Yukata design is rotated 90 degrees when compared with the man’s design. As Tuttle stated in a conversation with the FWM studio staff, “By changing direction of the bars, dynamic energy is achieved.”

An exhibition brochure with an introduction by Marion Boulton Stroud and contributions by FWM’s Artistic Advisor Mark Rosenthal and Curators Magnus af Petersens and Christina von Rotenhan accompanies Tuttle’s dynamic work, which exists in the space between painting, sculpture, poetry, assemblage, drawing, and printmaking. The brochure checklist will pair the works of art on view with poems by the artist that are directly inspired by his pieces. 

Press preview: Thursday, May 14, 10:30am
Walkthrough of the installation with the artist and curators
Please RSVP for the press event by Tuesday, May 12 to michele [​at​]


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