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Richard Tuttle Interview

Richard Tuttle in conversation with Charles Bernstein. Tuttle talks about sound and color and the radio, about being at a loss for words, explains why beauty and the imagination have no place in art, and discusses "quietude" in American art. Richard Tuttle has been showing his painting, sculptures, books and other works of art over the past forty years. His visionary approach has defied critical categorization and genre boundaries. Tuttle's recent retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art originated at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He is represented in New York by the Sperone-Westwater Gallery.


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Conversations and readings with poets and artists, produced in cooperation with PennSound and hosted by Charles Bernstein, the American poet, theorist, editor, and literary scholar. Bernstein was born in New York City in 1950. He is a foundational member and leading practitioner of Language poetry. Bernstein was educated at the Bronx High School of Science and at Harvard University, where he studied philosophy with Stanley Cavell and wrote his final thesis on Gertrude Stein and Ludwig Wittgenstein.

In the mid-1970s Bernstein became active in the experimental poetry scenes in New York and San Francisco, not only as a poet, but also as an editor, publisher, and theorist. With visual artist and wife Susan Bee, Bernstein published several now well-known poets whose work is associated with Language writing.