Charting five decades in the career of the artist, whose work fuses sculpture, painting and poetry.

Tuttle enjoys taking unheroic materials and make them sing. During his career he has transformed cloth, paper, rope and plywood into abstracts, geometrics and sculptures. He even works the sprockets, wires and stitching into the composition of the piece.

This exhibition focuses specifically on his experiments in textile. Testament to his playful approach to art production, the display includes his infamous Third Rope Piece – literally a three-inch length of white cotton clothesline, frayed at either end and nailed to the wall. The piece shocked critics when it was first shown in the 1970s.

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