Washington, DC

Anne Truitt, First, 1961, latex on wood, 44 1/4 x 17 3/4 x 7". © Estate of Anne Truitt/Bridgeman Art Library.

Washington, DC

Anne Truitt: Perception and Reflection

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Independence Avenue at Seventh Street, SW
October 8, 2009–January 3, 2010

Curated by Kristen Hileman

With this retrospective, Anne Truitt, who died in 2004, finally gets the full treatment. Included will be several of the painted wooden abstractions that caught Clement Greenberg’s eye in the late 1960s, eliciting comparisons to Donald Judd and Robert Morris, as well as lesser known work from the succeeding three decades, when she experimented with metal fabrication, augmented her signature columnar forms with horizontal extensions, and developed a two-dimensional practice. From the beginning, Truitt insisted on the importance of referentiality and color—both troublesome to the Minimalists with whom she is often grouped—in seeking “maximum meaning in the simplest possible form,” an objective so deceptively straightforward it requires the cognitive acrobatics of a koan. The show is accompanied by the artist’s first monograph, with essays by curator Hileman and art historian James Meyer.