Saturday, August 01, 2009

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden to Open Anne Truitt Survey in October

Washington, D.C. (July 2, 2009) - The first survey of the work of the late Yaddo sculptor Anne Truitt, long considered a pioneering figure in the development of American abstract art, will open in October at the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn and Sculpture Garden.

"Anne Truitt: Perception and Reflection" will be on view October 8, 2009 - January 3, 2010. It will feature more than 35 two-dimensional works alongside 49 painted sculptures that were the hallmark of the artist's 40-year career. The exhibition, which will be accompanied by the only complete monograph on the artist to date, will trace the arc of Ms. Truitt's career from initial abstract sculptures through pieces made only weeks before her death at age 83 in 2004. The fully illustrated book has essays by Curator Kristen Hileman and James Meyer, Winship Distinguished Associate Professor of Art History at Emory University, and a chronology of the artist's life and career.

"This exhibition is a long-awaited look at the depth and scope of this significant artist's work," said Richard Koshalek, director of the museum. "We are pleased to present this exhibition here on the National Mall and to recognize her unique contribution to art history."

A separate gallery in the museum will feature the short film Anne Truitt: Working by Jem Cohen, a Yaddo colleague and friend of Ms. Truitt. The film includes images of Truitt's studios in Washington, D.C., and at Yaddo, and features the artist working and speaking about her practice and the role of color in her art.

A recipient of Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, Ms. Truitt was an influential professor at the University of Maryland at College Park (1975-1996) and the author of three acclaimed autobiographical journals – Daybook (1982), Turn (1986), and Prospect (1996). She was a Yaddo guest artist more than a dozen times between 1974 and 2003, a longtime Member of The Corporation of Yaddo, and served as the acting executive director of Yaddo in 1984.

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For more information about Ms. Truitt and additional images of her work, click here.


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