Anne Truitt


Anne Truitt (March 16, 1921 – December 23, 2004), born Anne Dean, was an American sculptor of the mid-20th century.

She became well known in the late 1960s for her large-scale minimalist sculptures, especially after influential solo shows at André Emmerich Gallery in 1963 and the Jewish Museum (Manhattan) in 1966. Unlike her contemporaries, she made her own sculptures by hand, eschewing industrial processes. Drawing from imagery from her past, her work also deals with the visual trace of memory and nostalgia. This is exemplified by a series of early sculptures resembling monumental segments of white picket fence.

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Truitt's sculptures were colorful and abstract having affinities with both color-field painting and Minimalism. Her work was championed by the critic Clement Greenberg in the 1960s but did not receive significant recognition until recent years. Her work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

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Anne Truitt, Anne Dean Truitt, Anne Dean

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