Truitt is a major figure in American art. Her career as a painter and sculptor spanned over forty years, during which time she was the subject of major solo presentations at the Whitney Museum of American Art, 1974; the Baltimore Museum of Art, 1992; and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 2010. While often labelled a Minimalist, Truitt's work was actually defined by a powerful emotional and autobiographical reflex which stands her apart from her contemporaries.
In the 1950s Truitt abandoned psychology and nursing to dedicate herself to art. Truitt's early practice found resonance with the American Abstract Expressionists, formulating itself around a core interest in colour - albeit from a sculptural standpoint. From hesitant experiments with clay, wire and cement, to elegant wooden, totem-like sculptures and monochromatic paintings, Truitt's work successfully re-defined the boundaries of American Abstraction. She is now recognised as one of the movement's leading proponents. While she is perhaps now best known for her sculptures, Truitt was committed to a daily ritual of drawing and painting.
Writing in April, 1965, Truitt stated: "What is important to me in not geometrical shape per se, or color per se, but to make a relationship between shape and color which feels to me like my experience. To make what feels to me like reality." (Private papers.)
Truitt has been the subject of three major museum retrospective exhibitions: at the Whitney Museum of American Art, 1974; at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1975; at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 1992 and at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 2009.
Other selected solo exhibitions include Anne Truitt, Academy Art Museum, Maryland, USA (2013-2014); Threshold: Work from the 1970s, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, USA (2013); Anne Truitt: Sculpture, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA (2000) and Sculpture, Neuberger Museum of Art, State University of New York, New York, USA (1986). Selected group exhibitions include Lines of Thought, Parasol Unit, London, England (2012); American Sculpture of the Sixties, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, Traveled to Philadelphia Museum of Art, USA (1967) and Primary Structures: Younger American and British Sculptors, The Jewish Museum, New York, USA (1966).
In addition to her work as an artist, Truitt has written three books: Daybook (Pantheon 1982), Turn (Viking 1986) and Prospect (Scribner 1996).
Truitt's works are included in prominent collections internationally, including the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Panza Collection, Milan.