Keep

  • Anne Truitt, Keep, 1962, acrylic on wood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Philip M. Stern, 1972.172

Exhibition Label
Anne Truitt’s sculptures refer at times to places she lived or people she knew and sometimes reflect fleeting experiences. All are scaled to relate to human experience. “Our sense of scale,” she said, “comes from the size and reach of our bodies.” Keep is both intimate and intimidating. It gives the impression of a crenellated battlement (a keep is the innermost structure of a medieval castle). Its title is also a linguistically loaded word that means possession, restraint, protection, and preservation. For Truitt meaning comes from deeply felt, personal associations. “It’s the human experience that is distilled into art that makes it great,” she said.

Modern Masters: Midcentury Abstraction from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2008
Title
Keep
Artist
Date
1962
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
72 x 39 1/4 x 10 1/8 in. (182.9 x 99.7 x 25.7 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Philip M. Stern

Mediums
Mediums Description
acrylic on wood
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
Object Number
1972.172
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