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Saturday, 6 May 2017

Richard Tuttle: Forms imbued with a sense of spirituality

In The Spiritual Dynamic in Modern Art: Art History Reconsidered, 1800 to the PresentCharlene Spretnak argues that the 'history of modern art has generally been understood as a grand leap away from tradition, religion, and conventional norms, yielding decidedly secular art.' 'Yet a majority of the prominent modern artists in every period had strong interests in the spiritual dimension of life, which they expressed in the new art forms they created. The Spiritual Dynamic in Modern Art draws on direct statements by scores of leading artists – cited from little known historical documentation as well as contemporary interviews – to demonstrate that spirituality, far from being inconsequential in the terrain of modern art, is generative. This magisterial overview insightfully presents, for the first time, a chronological survey of the major art movements that weaves together spiritual profiles of numerous leading artists and situates their stories within the cultural context of each period. The result is a significantly expanded understanding of the cultural history of modern art.'

Richard Tuttle is one of the contemporary artists which Spretnak features in the book. Tuttle currently has two exhibitions in London:
'Without a specific reference point, Tuttle’s investigations of line, volume, color, texture, shape, and form are imbued with a sense of spirituality and informed by a deep intellectual curiosity. Teasing beauty out of humble materials, the artist reflects the fragility of the world in his poetic works, which he often presents at a scale antithetical to the art world.'


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