• Anne Truitt, Hardcastle, 1962, acrylic on wood, 96 3/4 x 42 x 16".


    ANNE TRUITT’S HOUSE IN WASHINGTON, DC, SITS ON A HILL above the city. A typically Mid-Atlantic dwelling of a certain vintage—shingled, with a porch and pale blue shutters—it is easy to miss. The artist’s studio in the backyard resembles one of those fishing shacks that dot the coast of New England, quite the opposite of the grandiose compounds and lofts that have become the self-conscious markers of artistic success. John Russell recently wrote in the New York Times that Truitt’s work “never calls out for our attention.” I’m not sure I agree—some of her sculpture is quite imposing—but the