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Since the 1960s, Richard Tuttle has created a diverse body of abstract artwork that defies easy categorization. Often associated with Post-minimalist art, Tuttle has challenged the traditional divisions between drawing, painting and sculpture. By encouraging new ways of looking at art, his work asserts a sense of individual freedom.
Six is part of a series of works that Tuttle refers to as “floor drawings,” in which he uses the expanse of the floor instead of a flat page to “draw” in space with a variety of materials. Here, Tuttle employed grooved wood that is typically used for stretchers and frames for paintings to create a highly dynamic sculptural form. He likewise freed canvas from its typical constraints and used it as a three-dimensional element in his composition, with freely brushed paint further enlivening its surface.
By engaging with the space that surrounds it, Six encourages the viewer to see this space in a new way.
Ann M. and Chris Stack, Indianapolis, Indiana; given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1994.