Lot 120
  • 120

Richard Tuttle

150,000 - 200,000 USD
337,000 USD
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  • Richard Tuttle
  • Untitled (from "The Twenty-Six Century Series")
  • soldered metal, in 3 parts


Young Hoffman Gallery, Chicago
Acquired by the present owner from the above in 1980-1983


Exh. Cat., New York, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Richard Tuttle, September - November 1975, p. 38, illustrated (another example exhibited)
Exh. Cat., Los Angeles, Otis Art Institute, Richard Tuttle, January - February 1976, illustrated (another example exhibited)
Exh. Cat., San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Whitney Museum of American Art; Des Moines Art Centre; Dallas Museum of Art; Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art; Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art, The Art of Richard Tuttle, July 2005 - June 2007, no. 57, illustrated (another example exhibited)

Catalogue Note

In 1966, Richard Tuttle produced the storied work Letters (The Twenty-Six Series). Comprised of  twenty-six tin elements corresponding to the letters in the English alphabet, individually the pieces were fabricated in a manner similar to his constructed paintings. Formed from a double template which was then transfered onto a thin sheet of silvery galvanized iron, the pieces were then welded together with a thin soldered band. Tuttle actually produced two bodies of  work within the series, the second of which was made in three versions.  At the time of conception, Tuttle radically exhibited these letters in multifarious ways. At the debut of the work at the Betty Parson's gallery, he exhibited the work on a table; at the Whitney exhibition in 1975, the work was first exhibited on the wall, and later it was exhibited across the museum floor. As such, it is the artist's intent that the work be exhibited in any way the owner wishes, lending both an independent autonomy and utopian engagement to his art.