16 Facts About Anne Truitt


Anne Truitt, born Anne Dean, was an American sculptor of the mid-20th century.

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Anne Truitt's became well known in the late 1960s for her large-scale minimalist sculptures, especially after influential solo shows at Andre Emmerich Gallery in 1963 and the Jewish Museum in 1966.

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Anne Truitt grew up in Easton, on Maryland's Eastern Shore, and spent her teenage years in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Anne Truitt's graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a degree in psychology in 1943.

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Anne Truitt's left the field of psychology in the mid-1940s, first writing fiction and then enrolling in courses offered by the Institute of Contemporary Art in Washington, D C Anne Truitt's married the journalist James Truitt in 1947, though they divorced in 1971.

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Anne Truitt produces in scale drawings of her structures that are then produced by a cabinetmaker.

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Anne Truitt's applies gesso to prime the wood and then up to 40 coats of acrylic paint, alternating brushstrokes between horizontal and vertical directions and sanding between layers.

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At her first show at Andre Emmerich's gallery, Anne Truitt exhibited six works of hand-painted poplar structures, including Ship-Lap, Catawba, Tribute, Platte, and Hardcastle.

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Anne Truitt was introduced to Emmerich through Kenneth Noland, who Emmerich represented.

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Anne Truitt's drawings are not often remembered when considering her body of work.

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For much of the 1950s, Anne Truitt worked in pencil, acrylic, and ink to create not only studies for later sculptures, but drawings that existed independently as works of art.

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Anne Truitt is known for three books she wrote, Daybook, Turn, and Prospect, all journals.

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In Prospect, her third volume of reflections, Anne Truitt set out to reconsider her "whole experience as an artist"—and as a daughter, mother, grandmother, teacher and lifelong seeker.

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Anne Truitt's was survived by three children and eight grandchildren, among them writer Charles Finch.

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Anne Truitt's works accomplish this task by revealing the interactive motion of our embodied relations and how material objects can actually help to ground our reality and hence human potentiality.

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Anne Truitt's was one of only three women included in the influential 1966 exhibition, Primary Structures at the Jewish Museum in New York.

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