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Since the mid-1960s, Richard Tuttle’s artwork has intrigued and confounded viewers with its radical simplicity and quiet poetry. These intimate, fragile drawings on loose leaf notebook paper activate space with the slightest of marks. As the artist has said, “I’ve always tried to make everything—absolutely everything—count.” By reorienting the paper with its holes on top, Tuttle defamiliarizes this common material, and allows its staccato pattern of vertical lines to create a subtle rhythm over which he arranged vivid pulses of color. Of Tuttle’s tendency to create works in series, Herbert Vogel once remarked, “Tuttle is such an intellectual and cerebral person that he can’t get every idea he wants in one particular drawing. He has to go through as many as he can in order to express what he’s thinking. One drawing can’t contain all those ideas.”
Dorothy and Herbert Vogel, New York; given to the National Gallery of Art probably 1991-1992; given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2008 through the national gift program The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States, organized by the National Gallery of Art, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.