Anne Truitt, Working

Jem Cohen

2009 | 00:13:00 | United States | English | B&W and Color | Stereo | 4:3 | 16mm film

Collection: On Art and Artists, Single Titles

Tags: Artist Portraits, Documentary, Experimental Film, Portrait, Visual Art

A short portrait of artist Anne Truitt (1921-2004). The film consists of an interview and 16mm footage made in and around her studio at the Yaddo artist colony, as well as footage from her home studio in Washington D.C.  Rather than an attempt to depict her art, which is in many respects un-photographable, the core of the film is found in Truitt speaking about the course and meaning of her work. Says Cohen, "I was honored to know Anne Truitt, and doubly so when she allowed me to make a short record of her presence and thoughts. I felt as if she opened her hand and showed, in a profound but down to earth way, the compass by which she navigated."

Truitt's work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of American Art, and she had major retrospectives at the Whitney Museum of American Art, 1974; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1975; the Baltimore Museum of Art, 1992; and the Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 2009. Her books are Daybook, Turn, and Prospect.

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Toronto International Film Festival
Toronto, ON

Exhibitions + Festivals

Ann Arbor Film Festival, 2011

Athens International Film and Video Festival, Ohio, 2011

Chicago Underground Film Festival, 2011

Dallas Videofest, 2011

International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, 2011

Rotterdam International Film Festival, 2011

Sundance Film Festival, 2011

Stuttgarter Filmwinter Wand, 2011

2010 Toronto International Film Festival