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Night Wing

circa 1972-1978

Anne Truitt (American, 1921 - December 23, 2004)

Through her emphasis on the importance of color and light
in simple three–dimensional forms, Anne Truitt presaged
Minimalism. However, she resisted being placed within this
movement, as she favored traditional methods over industrial
techniques. Truitt’s sculptures are combinations of painting
and sculpture that remind her of imagery from her childhood:
trees, fences, houses, and walls. As a child, her eyesight
was so poor that, until corrected with glasses, she did not
realize that trees had individual leaves. This early experience
may be understood as an influence on her sculptures that
are characterized as masses of shape and color, but with
no identifying markers. Truitt wanted to see color
three–dimensionally and thoroughly investigated its potential
within the sculptural medium, stating: “I want you to feel that
you’re responding to the presence of color set free, as it were,
into three dimensions, unattached to an object.” The use of a
recessed base creates a distance from the floor which makes
the sculpture appear as if it is floating in space, defying gravity.
This allows the sculpture to be interpreted as an embodiment
of form and color rather than understanding the sculpture as
merely an object.

Place object was created: United States

acrylic, wood

Measurements:    height: 72 inches    width: 12 inches    depth: 12 inches

Gift of Dr. Philip Cohen 1978.164 © Estate of Anne Truitt

Currently on view at Mint Museum UPTOWN