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Anne Truitt

Anne Truitt
3505 35th St. NW
Washington, DC 20008
October 27, 1986

Dear Anne,

Congratulations on your show at the Osuna Gallery. And many thanks for including us in your list of special people invited to the Opening Reception. I hope we can get together next time I am in Washington; and I remain very sorry that things were so tight during June when there was a Vaughan family reunion at Kinsale, Virginia and a wedding at Leesburg... the pace was well over 90 miles per hour and suddenly I was again on a plane heading westward.

Last year I flew about 200,000 miles. This year I have cut that by better than half. I am having fun with a new company I started in 1985: we design robots, mechanical control systems, and specialized software. And we sort of decided that if it wasn't fun and if it wasn't at the "leading edge", the project wasn't for us. So far so good, and very interesting. Paying the mortgage and going to Europe for vacations isn't all that bad.

I seem never to have had a chance to get to know your work (since grappling with the concept of minimalism at age fifteen on Divisadero Street and understanding only in part why Jim wouldn't hold your hand in a darkened movie theater when that was what a fellow did with a pretty girl), but I have seen your name mentioned in texts and have seen photographs and I would enjoy learning about your work very much. In some mysterious way you are on my list of important contributors to the creative threads of entropy and the common experience of man. Perhaps it is because the name Anne Dean and Anne Truitt begins at the beginning of my life's memories and its recurrence has always been blended with a flavor of goodness and a spice of the intellectual... There may actually be something greater to the notion of "godmother" than meets the lexicographer's eye!

Best love,

Tay

Anne Truitt (1921-2004), a major American artist of the mid-20th century.

Interview, Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Art, 2002.
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View a locally-stored version of the interview.

Works in collections

Arizona

• 'Summer Treat', 1968, University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson

District of Columbia

• 'Flower', 1969, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington
• 'Insurrection', 1962, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington
• '13 October 1973', 1973, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington
• 'Night Naiad', 1977, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington
• 'Mid-Day', 1972, National Gallery of Art, Washington
• 'Spume', 1972, National Gallery of Art, Washington
• 'Summer Dryad', 1971, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington
• '17th Summer', 1974, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington
• 'Keep', 1962, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington

Maryland

• 'Ship-Lap', 1962, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore
• 'Watauga', 1962, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore
• 'Whale's Eye', 1969, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore
• 'Three', 1962, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore
• 'A Wall for Apricots', 1968, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore
• 'Meadow Child', 1969, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore
• 'Odeskalki', 1963/82, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore
• 'Parva IV', 1974, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore
• 'Lea', 1962, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore
• 'Carson', 1963, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore
• 'Moon Lily', 1988, Academy Art Museum, Easton
• 'Summer '88 No. 25', 1988, Academy Art Museum, Easton
• 'Hesperides', 1989, Academy Art Museum, Easton
• 'Summer '96 No. 26'. 1996, Academy Art Museum, Easton

Michigan

• 'Sandcastle', 1984, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor
Minnesota

• 'Australian Spring', 1972, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Missouri

• 'Morning Choice', 1968, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis
• 'Prima', 1978, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis

Nebraska

• 'Still', 1999, Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

New York

• 'Sentinel', 1978, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo
• 'Carolina Noon', Michael C. Rockefeller Arts Center, New York
• 'Catawba', 1962, Museum of Modern Art, New York
• 'Twining Court I', 2001, Museum of Modern Art, New York
• 'Untitled', 1962, Museum of Modern Art, New York
• 'Desert Reach', 1971, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

North Carolina

• 'Night Wing', 1972–78, Mint Museum, Charlotte
Virginia

• 'Signal', 1978, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Richmond
Wisconsin

• 'Summer Sentinel', 1963–72, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee