Richard Tuttle, Art and Music, 1987, 51°57'44.6"N 7°37'26.3"E


Richard Tuttle, Art and Music I, 1987. Installation view


Richard Tuttle (b. 1941) installed wooden, white-painted objects, whose identical, rounded shapes resemble an apostrophe, an ear, or a bass clef, on both sides of a brick wall. His work for Münster is perplexing due to its inconspicuous, even hidden installation. While Art and Music I is affixed in the narrow corner by a gateway, Art and Music II is placed at the exact same height, only moved several meters over to the other side of the wall, occupying one side of a narrow passageway used by pedestrians. Both objects seem connected by the invisible lines of a staff. The square steel plate on which the second sculpture is mounted shows a network of lines, which reflects the architectural situation of the site in an abstract manner. Tuttle’s Post-Minimalist work is a call to take a close look and pay attention to the everyday. Urban space is filled with visual and acoustic impressions, such as events, posters, and graffiti on the walls that we notice only upon close observation, and it is filled with the melodies of chimes that ring at certain times of the day. This is what Tuttle’s transfer of musical notation to space refers to. He understood his work as a contribution to making the city itself become a sculpture.

Julius Lehmann

This contribution was developed for the Skulptur Projekte Archives and was made available for the Kunsthalle Münster. You will find all works belonging to the Public Collection of the Skulptur Projekte on the website of the Skulptur Projekte Archive.