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
An extenuation of a radical book format published by Tuttle in 2012, Perceived Obstacle is a set of six exquisitely printed lithographs, each signed by the artist. In this series we see Tuttle fully exploring his range of color—for the artist the one thing that counteracts the artifice of art. As he once stated, only "color is real". It is a surprising confession for someone who has made a name for himself through his unique use of scale and proportion. Yet color, Tuttle believes, "can connect you to all the features of humanity". Indeed, these beautifully fragile works are transcendent in their lightness and poise. Defying their own materiality, Perceived Obstacle convey the metaphysical truths Tuttle has always striven to express.