Susan Tallman, editor-in-chief of Art in Print spoke at Bowdoin Oct. 2 on Richard Tuttle’s contribution to the field of contemporary printmaking. Tallman is the author of The Contemporary Print: From Pre-Pop to Postmodern (1996) and is a member of the faculty of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
The talk was one of several organized around a four-month long exhibition at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, “Richard Tuttle: A Print Retrospective.” The show, which closes Oct. 19, is the first-ever comprehensive examination of Tuttle’s prints. In exploiting the unique possibilities of multiple printmaking processes, Tuttle reveals his deep interest in the relationship between medium, tools, actions and collaboration. Through a selection of more than 100 works from the 1970s to today, many of which have never been exhibited by a museum, the exhibition demonstrates how Tuttle reinvents printmaking with his experimental approach, raising intriguing questions about technique, materiality and the nature of art itself.