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Anne Truitt, Working

Jem Cohen

USA, 2009
12 minutes, 51 seconds, B&W/colour, Stereo, 4:3
Original format: 16mm film
Available formats: HD Video / BluRay / HD Digital file / DCP

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.”