Matthew Marks

Anne Truitt

13 Sep - 26 Oct 2013

Threshold: Work from the 1970s
13 September - 26 October 2013

Matthew Marks is pleased to announce Anne Truitt: Threshold, the next exhibition in his gallery at 522 West 22nd Street. The exhibition includes twenty sculptures, paintings, and drawings from the 1970s, many of which are exhibited for the first time in nearly forty years.

Eight wood sculptures covered in bands of rich color are on view. In addition to Truitt’s signature totemic columns, two rare horizontal works are included. Truitt’s sculptures are created with a labor-intensive process involving many layers of hand-applied paint each sanded to a fine finish. Anne M. Wagner writes of the five white on white paintings from the Arundel series in the exhibition series, “the elusive delicacy of their execution somehow creates the impression of a spatial expanse.” In the other paintings, Truitt used wide brushes to sweep paint over large areas, sometimes in one long unbroken stroke. Drawing was a daily ritual for Truitt, and a number of works on paper in the exhibition are being exhibited for the first time.

A fully illustrated hardcover book, with an essay by Anne M. Wagner and excerpts from writings by Anne Truitt, will be published to accompany the exhibition.

Anne Truitt (1921–2004) was born in Baltimore and lived the majority of her life in Washington, D.C. Her first one-person exhibition was at the Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York, in February 1963. Her work has been the subject of one-person exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1973); the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (1974); and the Baltimore Museum of Art (1974 & 1992). In 2009 the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., organized an acclaimed retrospective of her work. Daybook, the first of three volumes of the artist’s journals, is to be republished by Scribner this October.

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