Lot 6
  • 6

Richard Tuttle

400,000 - 600,000 USD
bidding is closed


  • Richard Tuttle
  • Silver Picture
  • signed, titled and dated 1964 on the reverse
  • spray enamel on plywood

  • 28 x 87 x 2 in. 71 x 221 x 5 cm.


Robert A. Rowan, Los Angeles (acquired directly from the artist)
Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles
Saatchi Collection, London
Sotheby's New York, May 1, 1991, Lot 113
Acquired by the present owner from the above


San Francisco, San Francisco Museum of Art, A New York Collector Selects...The Seventh Selection of the Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art, 1965
New York, Whitney Museum of American Art; Los Angeles, Otis Art Institute Gallery of Los Angeles County, Richard Tuttle, September 1975 - February 1976, p. 87, illustrated (titled Silver Abstraction) (Los Angeles only)
Tokyo, Sezon Museum of Art, Richard Tuttle: Selected Works 1964-1994, 1995
San Francisco, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; New York, Whitney Museum of American Art; Des Moines, Des Moines Art Center; Dallas, Dallas Museum of Art; Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art, The Art of Richard Tuttle, July 2005 - June 2007, fig. 44, illustrated in color


Peter Schjeldahl, Art of Our Time: The Saatchi Collection, Vol. 1, London, 1984, pl. 120, illustrated in color
Kenneth Baker, Minimalism: Art of Circumstance, New York, 1988, p. 75, illustrated in color

Catalogue Note

"Some of the qualities in Tuttle's work that first provoked my attention, and which have held it since, are personal; there is a purity and an integrity to these pieces that places them, at least in the immediate sense, outside comparison with work being done by other artists at present.  They are curiously poetic, childlike and tender.  They are unequivocal yet adaptable, unpretentious yet commanding.  On the other hand, the formal aspects of Tuttle's work are equally fascinating; the work resists categorization, being neither painting nor sculpture.  It is intellectually as provocative as it is elusive, as conceptually strong as it is materially self-sufficient.  Tuttle makes work which is direct, simple, physically unassuming, yet peculiarly moving."
-Marcia Tucker reflecting on the 1975 exhibition she curated of Tuttle's work (Exh. Cat., New York, Whitney Museum of American Art (and travelling), Richard Tuttle, 1975, pp. 21-22)