The stripped back visual compositions of Richard Tuttle are both whimsical and startling in nature. Tuttle is a controversial artist whose radical pursuit of reductive elements early in his career sparked critical uproar, and, on one notable occasion, caused a curator to lose their job. Although hugely influential, Tuttle defies any stylistic and historical categorization. His humble usage of commonplace materials such as fabric, wood,… Read more
About the artwork
Based on one of the artist's book projects, this piece consists of two printed sheets stacked one atop the other. Chen Shi-Zheng is depicted wearing a mask and Anne Waldman's text shown as thoughts coming from his head: "I am like a modern fortuneteller...Words coming from my mouth are feminized...one word can start a war." Tuttle combines disparate elements from theater and bookmaking in this clever color print.