artists have no choice but to express their lives. they have only, and that not always, a choice of process. this process does not change the essential content of their work in art, which can only be their life.
parva VII 1974
anne truitt’s studio
photo by jerry marshall
Anne Truitt, a major figure in American art for more than 40 years, abandoned work in psychology and nursing in the 1950s to concentrate on art. Truitt drew, painted, and wrote, but she is best known for her large, vertical, wooden sculptures meticulously covered in many coats of paint. "I've struggled all my life to get maximum meaning in the simplest possible form," she said in an interview with The Washington Post in 1987. Although she is often labeled a Minimalist, Truitt's integration of painting and sculpture, her use of color, and her dedication to the relationship between meaning and form differentiate her work from that movement.
Truitt (born 1921) grew up in Easton, on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Her work has been shown in one-person exhibitions at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and the Hirshhorn Museum, also in Washington, D.C., which mounted a retrospective exhibition of her work in 2009. She is represented in the collections of many leading museums, including the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of Art, and The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Truitt received many awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and five honorary doctorates, and was acting director of Yaddo, the artists' retreat in New York, in 1984. Anne Truitt died in 2004.
all photographs © estate of anne truitt / the bridgeman art library / courtesy matthew marks gallery, new york
many thanks to alexandra truitt (estate of anne truitt) for making these images available and to philip tan (matthew marks gallery) for his assistance on the project.
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