"1st Paper Octagonal" (1970)

"1st Paper Octagonal," 1970
Bond paper and wheat paste, 53 1/2 x 59 inches overall
Collection of the Artist
Courtesy Sperone Westwater, New York

"I was doing white paper octagonals on a wall at a museum in Dallas. And the critic came along and made mock introductions, 'Oh, this is Richard Tuttle. He’s interested in impermanence in the arts.' And she said that to Betty Parsons, and Betty just immediately snapped back, 'What’s more permanent than the invisible?' It fits in with the whole line that in any art form there has to be an accounting of its opposite condition."
- Richard Tuttle