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Richard Tuttle at Miami Art Museum


I am back in Miami for a couple of weeks for career development and research. Yesterday, I had the rare honor of attending a lecture by leading American Post-Minimalist Richard Tuttle. The event was held in conjunction with the opening of Miami Art Museum's exhibition "Recent Acquisitions". On view are Tuttle's Loose Leaf Notebook Drawings (1980-82), among 50 works given to the Museum from the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection.

In this public setting and to a nearly-full house, Tuttle spoke sensitively and fondly of his admiration for the Vogels, and specifically on the life of Herbert Vogel as seen through the eyes of a long-term friendship and mutual love of art. In response to a comment from the audience, Tuttle mentioned the vital role of collectors, in that they complete the cycle of art-making. Without them the creative process is incomplete.

Tuttle also talked about the idea and process of making his calligraphic Loose Leaf Notebook Drawings. These watery drawings appear delicate and fragile (they're on lined notebook paper, not acid free). Poetic and ethereal, unassuming and completely unpretentious, these small works are somehow profound.


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The following quotes are from Richard Tuttle:
"In our culture there is a job for art, because we can't experience reality anywhere else."
“I just think that people who have art in their lives have better lives.”

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