Exposition Art Blog: Anne Truitt - Minimalism Art

Anne Truitt - Minimalism Art

"Anne Truitt was born Anne Dean in 1921 in Baltimore, Maryland. She spent her childhood in Easton on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and in 1943 she graduated cum laude with a B.A. degree in psychology from Bryn Mawr College. Truitt worked as a Red Cross nurse's aide at Massachusetts General Hospital until the end of World War II, serving in the wards at night after working as a research assistant in the hospital's psychiatric laboratory during the day. She wrote poems and short stories during this time; these exercises, as well as other writings and correspondence, form part of the archive held today at Bryn Mawr College.Truitt married James McConnell Truitt in 1947 and moved from Boston to Washington, D.C., where he worked in the State Department. She continued to write, and in the 1950s she translated from French to English a book written by professor Germaine Brée of Bryn Mawr College: Du temps perdu au temps retrouvé, published by Rutgers University Press in 1956 as Marcel Proust and Deliverance from Time. In 1948 James Truitt left the State Department and began a career in journalism; subsequently the Truitts moved around the United States and lived in Japan from 1964–1967 when James was Tokyo bureau chief for Newsweek.
In 1949 Truitt studied sculpture for one academic year at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Washington, D.C., followed by three months at the Dallas Museum of Fine Art. Following this formal training, she experimented with various media and techniques, including clay, cast cement and plaster, and steel welding. In 1961 Truitt began to work in the style for which she later became known: painting multiple delicate layers of color characterized by subtle variations onto wooden constructions fabricated in accordance with scale drawings; the structural elements of these sculptures constitute armatures supporting color. Writing in April 1965, Truitt stated: "What is important to me is not geometrical shape per se, or color per se, but to make a relationship between shape and color which feels to me like my experience. To make what feels to me like reality." (annetruitt.org/bio)

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