The Art of Richard Tuttle

The Art of Richard Tuttle

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California, 2005


Over the past four decades, Richard Tuttle has thrown into question nearly every conceivable artistic convention and critical category to create an enormously inventive body of work—one that embraces and intermingles drawing, painting, collage, book making, sculpture and design. From his spare yet enigmatic forms of the 1960s to his complex, multifaceted assemblages and installations of more recent years, Tuttle’s primary impetus throughout has been to craft unique objects, using everyday, often ephemeral materials that demand to be confronted on their own terms. The relentless individuality of his aesthetic vision has earned him standing as one of the most provocative and influential artists of his day.
This richly illustrated and strikingly designed catalog, the most authoritative volume ever published on this prolific artist, presents nearly 400 reproductions of artworks from across his oeuvre and documentary photographs of his creative process. Essays by distinguished writers trace the arc of Tuttle’s career, addressing such topics as the philosophical underpinnings of his artistic method, his sensitive handling of diverse materials, his lifelong engagement with drawing and its expansion into three-dimensional space, his groundbreaking solo exhibitions and their critical reception, his complex play with the conventions of language, and his innovative artist’s books.

Juror Notes

An example in print of Mies van der Rohe’s axiom “Less is more.”

Collections: 50 Books/50 Covers of 2005
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book


Design firm
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Robert Ruehlman, Lorraine Wild, Stuart Smith
Jacket designers
Robert Ruehlman, Lorraine Wild, Stuart Smith
Production director
Nicole DuCharme
Madeleine Grynsztejn
Karen Levine (SFMOMA), Joseph Newland (Q.E.D.)
Trim size
11 x 12 inches
Scala, Scala Sans (letterspacing customized on jacket, half title and title page)
Jacket printer
Text, Gardamatt 150 gsm, Gardapat 115 gsm; endsheets, Woodstock Noce 140 gsm; jacket, glossy coated stock 170 gsm
Binding method
Smyth-sewn hardcover
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, Inc.