Monday, December 7, 2020

Anne Truitt’s Spiritual Quest As Death Approached

By John Yau
Anne Truitt, "Sound Ten" (2003), acrylic on paper, 19 1/2 x 19 1/2 inches (© Images/Matthew Marks Gallery)
As her death approached, was the artist starting fresh or beginning to let go? In her pursuit of reality, and the importance she ascribed to place in her life, starting with her childhood on the Maryland coast, Truitt merged three-dimensional columnar supports and color into a beguilingly nuanced experience that slowly reveals itself as we walk around the mute form in our midst. In her exploration of the limits of perception, Truitt pushed the implications of Ad Reinhardt’s almost imperceptible shifts in hue and Barnett Newman’s precisely divided monochromatic fields into a new territory. [More]

Anne Truitt: Sound continues at Matthew Marks Gallery (523 West 24th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan) through December 19.