Thursday, October 8, 2009
Anne Truitt: Perception and Reflection
But interesting biography aside, Truitt's works are fascinating. There are several dozen works on paper, but the sculptures - tall, painted columns - provide a big bang. I'm often drawn to artists who explore color, and Truitt, who was friends with many of the Color Field painters, does. Her sculptures, which are often studies of single colors, appear in deep pinks, light greens, reds, black and yellow. They're almost all taller than I am, and while they're meant to be right on the floor, the Hirshhorn has them on risers of about four inches to protect from. Curator Kristen Hileman recommends walking around each sculpture to see how it changes from each angle.
"The work unfolds as you circulate around them," she said.
To kick off the Truitt show, there's a free panel discussion tonight with Hileman, artist Martin Puryear, former Truitt student Tim Gunn of Project Runway fame, and others. The talk is at 7 p.m. and tickets are available first come first served at 5:45.
Anne Truitt, A Wall for Apricots, 1968. Acrylic on wood, 72 5/8 x 14 x 14 in. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Gift of Helen B. Stern, Washington, DC. Artwork © Estate of Anne Truitt/The Bridgeman Art Library.