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October 8, 2009 – January 3, 2010
Location: 2nd Level
This is the first major survey spanning Anne Truitt's 40-year career since her death in 2004. In addition to a variety of three-dimensional works -- suggestive of walls, towers, and other architectural forms -- in which she explored the effects of scale and proportion, the retrospective with over 80 objects presents the column sculptures that became her hallmark. While the geometric shapes of her work resonated with minimal art appearing in the 1960s, Truitt pursued an independent course, incorporating influences from Washington Color Field artists, as well as mid-century abstract painters like Ad Reinhardt and Barnett Newman. Truitt (born in 1921 in Baltimore, Maryland) was based in Washington, D.C., for most of her adult life and has been largely under-recognized for her contribution to post-1960 art.
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See "What's Up Around the Mall" in the October 2009 Smithsonian magazine: page 30.