Richard Tuttle: The Critical Edge to Launch in London


Discover Tuttle’s seductive investigations...


The Pace Gallery London is launching a new exciting exhibition The Critical Edge, a presentation of recent works in fabric by Richard Tuttle from 13 April to 13 May 2017. 

The vivid display follows two other major exhibitions of Tuttle’s work. In 2014, The Whitechapel Gallery surveyed the artist’s career from the 1960s to today while the Tate Modern commissioned Tuttle’s largest textile sculpture for its iconic Turbine Hall.

The Critical Edge III, 2015, fabric, wood, nails, hand-sewn brown thread; five black MDF panels and five fabric elements © Richard Tuttle, courtesy The Pace Gallery.

As an avid collector of textiles, Tuttle focused and expanded his knowledge beyond his collection to understanding the intrinsic qualities of the material. The Critical Edge features a series of seven recent works assembled from layers of vibrant fabric purchased in New York and Maine.

Sewn by hand and with a sewing machine, the combined cloths incorporate wood and nails. The delicate works continue Tuttle’s exploration of materiality, space, and three-dimensionality.

The Critical Edge I, 2015, fabric, wood, nails, hand-sewn brown thread, graphite; four black MDF panels and four fabric elements © Richard Tuttle, courtesy The Pace Gallery.

Richard Tuttle states in the catalogue for 26, ‘I’ve been very interested in how space, defined as two-dimensional (a plane, like a painting), can move into form, three dimensions.’

Together with geometric abstraction, the embroidery of each fabric blurs the line between background and structure while the subtle dropping of the cloth breathes new life into the works, hereby stimulating the senses and evoking ideas of sensuality.

The exhibition coincides with Richard Tuttle: My Birthday Puzzle, displayed at Modern Art from 29 March to 13 May 2017. 

Check out the exhibit at Pace Gallery, 6 Burlington Gardens, Mayfair, London W1S 3ET.

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Main imgae courtesy of The Critical Edge V, 2015, fabric, wood, nails; four black MDF panels and four fabric elements © Richard Tuttle, courtesy The Pace Gallery.





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