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The Whitechapel Art Gallery was founded in 1901 to bring great art to the people of east London. Internationally acclaimed for its exhibitions of modern and contemporary art and its pioneering education and public events programmes, the Gallery has premiered international artists such as Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Nan Goldin, and provided a showcase for Britain’s most significant artists from Gilbert & George to Lucian Freud, Peter Doig to Mark Wallinger.
The Gallery plays a unique role in the capital’s cultural landscape and is pivotal to the continued growth of East London as the world’s most vibrant contemporary art quarter.
The Grade II* Whitechapel Gallery was designed by architect Charles Harrison Townsend. This purpose built gallery is an outstanding example of the Arts and Crafts movement and its aspirations of being accessible, spiritually uplifting and transformative. This development also builds on the 1980s expansion by Colquhoun and Miller under the directorship of Sir Nicolas Serota and inaugurated by the Queen Mother.
Richard Tuttle: I Dont Know. The Weave of Textile Language
- 14 October — 14 December 2014 *on now
Renowned North American master Richard Tuttle (b.1941) fuses sculpture, painting and poetry. This five decade survey focuses on his use of textiles as test site. Colours mutate as they seep through cloth; canvas becomes geometric abstraction. Even sprockets, wires and stitching are part of his lyrical visual syntax. Tuttle also choreographs us - we might stub our toe on an object nestling against the wall or be arrested by a construction's ascent into space.
Ranging from the three inch piece of rope that shocked New York's critics in the 1970s - to his enthralling book-works - this show immerses us in Tuttle's playful universe of form.
Presented in conjunction with a major installation in Tate Modern's Turbine Hall and accompanied by a comprehensive publication.