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Anne Truitt, North, 1963, acrylic on wood, 60 3/8 × 96 1/4 × 12".

Anne Truitt

Matthew Marks Gallery | 1062 N Orange Grove

Anne Truitt, North, 1963, acrylic on wood, 60 3/8 × 96 1/4 × 12".

With only five works filling two rooms that could have readily absorbed many more, “Anne Truitt ’62–’63” proved exemplary in its economy. The three sculptures—the plinths White: One, 1962, and White: Four, 1962, and the oblong form North, 1963—and two related paintings on paper affirmed the parity between the intentional sparseness of the exhibition and that of the objects themselves. For all their apparent simplicity, the works are purposive, deeply considered things. As with the gallery’s 2013 presentation of Truitt’s works from the 1970s, collected under the rubric “threshold,” “’62–63” traces a similarly liminal period, significant both for the artist’s formal innovations and her making them public. (Already by the years featured within this show, Truitt had distanced her work from the picket-fence motif of 1961’s First and had made the insistent possibility of

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