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Anne Truitt at Art Basel Unlimited

Hall 1 | Booth U25

Anne Truitt at Art Basel Unlimited

Matthew Marks Gallery is pleased to participate in Art Basel Unlimited by presenting an important group of works on paper from Anne Truitt’s Stone South series.

The drawings, which Truitt made in the mid-1970s, are composed of precisely rendered lines, primarily in graphite but in some cases with white or green acrylic paint. The artist described these works as investigations of perception, “attempts to catch the threshold of consciousness, the point at which the abstract nature of events becomes perceptible.” Truitt did not negate allusion or feeling in her work, and her titles often refer to places of personal significance.

Anne Truitt’s pioneering sculptures, paintings, and works on paper were included in the seminal exhibitions Black, White and Grey at the Wadsworth Atheneum in 1964 and Primary Structures at the Jewish Museum in 1966. She developed her pared-down forms at the same time, yet independent of, such artists as Donald Judd and Robert Morris. Even though Truitt was less widely known than her male contemporaries, her work was central to the discourse of the time.

Truitt’s first one-person exhibition of monolithic painted-wood sculptures opened at André Emmerich Gallery in New York in February 1963, nine months before Judd’s first Green Gallery show. She was championed by Clement Greenberg, as well as by the legendary curator Walter Hopps, who organized her first museum retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1974.

Today Truitt’s work is enjoying renewed critical success in the United States. In 2017 the Dia Art Foundation made an important commitment by acquiring a significant body of work, and three galleries of her sculptures and paintings are now on long-term display at Dia:Beacon. The National Gallery of Art in Washington is currently presenting the exhibition In the Tower: Anne Truitt through July 8, 2018.

Image: Anne Truitt, Ossabaw Island, 22 March '75, 1975. Graphite and acrylic on paper. 9 x 12 inches; 23 x 31 cm. (all)