Transcendental Sublimation: ‘Anne Truitt: Drawings’ at Matthew Marks and ‘Happenings’ at the Pace Gallery

"17 Nov '62" (1962) by Anne Truit. (Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery)

The late Anne Truitt, whose work is often associated with Minimalism, is best known for her freestanding, assertively self-effacing, brightly painted wooden pillars. Confronting and repossessing the history of sculpture and the nature of artistic ambition at a 90-degree angle, formally simple but psychologically complex to the point of opacity, they’re documents of a kind of transcendental sublimation. But the same quality illuminates the best of the several dozen drawings—pale graphite grids, saturated color fields, minimally figurative angles and lines—currently on view at Matthew Marks Gallery. Read More