B. 1941 Only two years after receiving his Bachelor of Arts from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, Richard Tuttle’s first solo exhibition opened at Betty Parsons in New York. More complex formally than a Minimalist and missing the Formalist aesthetic, Tuttle became an artist about art, creating his work from intuitive perceptions, captivated by the physical and psychic space between art and the viewer. Museums quickly noted his potential and in 1971 the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts organized an exhibition of his work. One year later the Museum of Modern Art did the same and in 1975 the Whitney Museum of American Art followed suit. The trend continued through three decades culminating in the summer of 2002 --in what he considers his most magnificent museum show-- at the Galician Center for Contemporary Art in Spain and the Serralves Museum in Portugal. His work is owned by almost all of the major museums around the world including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C.
Tuttle came to ULAE in September 2001 to work on an independent book project. While at the studio, Goldston presented him with the option of working on a print simultaneously. Within moments he began the largest print he has made to date, a unique edition of woodblock prints. He has since worked in both intaglio and lithography, utilizing and collaborating with the technical expertise of the printers around him.