The Triumph of Night, 2009 - Richard Tuttle
About the Work
About The Triumph of Night
The Triumph of Night is a sculptural suite in handmade paper by Richard Tuttle. The artist created these lively works through an intimate investigation of the essence of paper, exploring its materialism through the transformation of wet paper pulp into ...Read More
The Triumph of Night is a sculptural suite in handmade paper by Richard Tuttle. The artist created these lively works through an intimate investigation of the essence of paper, exploring its materialism through the transformation of wet paper pulp into substance. First forming wet pulp into "sandcastles," Tuttle then altered these brightly pigmented structures by various actions and manipulations. Collaborating with Dieu Donné artistic director Paul Wong, Tuttle used this highly structured system of creation, manipulation, and destruction to challenge paper as a vehicle for art-making.
The title of the work reflects the artist's meditation on Triumphs, a series of six poems by the fourteenth century Italian poet Francesco Petrarch. While Petrarch's Triumphs explored the cycle of life through Love, Chastity, Death, Fame, Time, and Eternity, here Tuttle muses on a natural triumph and the cycle of time. In creating this piece as a horizontal series of works the artist recalls the development of the print medium into larger format work, which was historically realized and used to portray a triumph by bringing several sheets together in a linear display. Tuttle considers these works drawings, and as such has designed their "frame" in the form of a handmade box accentuating the mysteriousness of the spaces behind each work. The artist's creation of the work in the studio was documented on digital video, which is included as an accompaniment to the work.
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About the Artist
About Richard Tuttle
A vital force in the development of Conceptualism and post-Minimalism, Richard Tuttle is one of the most influential artists of his generation. Tuttle’s work ...Read More
A vital force in the development of Conceptualism and post-Minimalism, Richard Tuttle is one of the most influential artists of his generation. Tuttle’s work usually relies on seemingly understated uses of common materials, such as plywood, rope, Styrofoam, fabric, and cardboard. His careful use of simple media is intended to call attention to their manipulation, display, and materiality, as well as their effects upon the viewer’s perceptual awareness. Unlike many of his Minimalist contemporaries, Tuttle is a vocal proponent of beauty and the persuasive power of aestheticism. Wire and wood, in his work, may refer to drawing and Baroque decoration, while blank paper renders invisibility as a palpable but ineffable presence.
Although much in Tuttle’s assemblages may appear haphazard, aleatory, or improvisational, his reputation is that of a master craftsman. His extensive planning, design, and carefully considered execution yields a body of work that emphasizes the importance of the details. Curious, also, is the modest scale of most of Tuttle’s artworks. Their smallness is deliberately antithetical to, and in confrontation with, the industrial monoliths of his peers, such as Judd, Serra, and di Suvero. In addition to his visual art, Tuttle writes poetry and has previously collaborated with poets such as Charles Bernstein and Mei-mei Berssenbrugge.
Though Tuttle’s work is now canonical, it was met with fierce criticism early in his career: the artist’s 1975 solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art was received terribly by many prominent critics, most famously by Hilton Kramer of the New York Times, and curator Marcia Tucker—who went on to found the New Museum of Contemporary Art later that year—was fired from the museum, allegedly because of the controversy surrounding the show. 30 years later, Tuttle’s 2005 retrospective at the Whitney was welcomed with great enthusiasm from critics and audiences alike.
Tuttle has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions and retrospectives, at venues including the Whitney Museum, Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, the Dallas Musuem of Art, the Drawing Center in New York, the ICA London, the Musée d’art modern de la ville de Paris, among many others. His work was also included in the Venice Biennale in 2001 and 1997; the Whitney Biennial in 1977, 1979, 1987, and 2000; and Documenta 5 (1972), 6 (1977), and 7 (1982).
Read an interview with Richard Tuttle in Bomb magazine
DescriptionHand-cast cotton pulp, wood, and wire.
AuthenticationTitled and dated by the artist on mounting dowel.
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