Anne Dean Truitt

Anne Truitt (1921-2004) was a sculptor whose work was affiliated with Minimalism and with the Washington Color School of the 1960s and 1970s, although she herself argued against both labels. She exhibited in the Corcoran Gallery and the Hirshhorn Museum. Her work is in the permanent collections of Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum, as well as other institutions. After graduating from Bryn Mawr she worked at Massachusetts General Hospital until the end of World War II as a nurse's aide and research assistant in the hospital's psychiatric laboratory, but she soon began working steadily as an artist.

Truitt's characteristic sculptures are large vertical blocks of wood, meticulously painted with layers of color. They are slightly raised on recessed platforms, which gives the appearance of rectangular solids floating above the shadowed ground. Like Mary Meigs, Truitt is known for her autobiographical writing. Her books, Daybook, Turn, and Prospect, are based on her journals, and explore an artist's life. She was on the faculty at the University of Maryland, and served as interim director of the artists' colony, Yaddo. Truitt's Papers are held by the library.

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