"Yield" by Anne Truitt

Yield The Journal of an Artist Anne Truitt, Alexandra Truitt, Rachel Kushner

Publication date:
22 Feb 2022
Yale University Press
224 pages: 210 x 140mm
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In the spring of 1974, the artist Anne Truitt (1921–2004) committed herself to keeping a journal for a year. She would continue the practice, sometimes intermittently, over the next six years, writing in spiral-bound notebooks and setting no guidelines other than to “let the artist speak.” These writings were published as Daybook: The Journal of an Artist (1982). Two other journal volumes followed: Turn (1986) and Prospect (1996). This book, the final volume, comprises journals the artist kept from the winter of 2001 to the spring of 2002, two years before her death.
In Yield, Truitt’s unflinching honesty is on display as she contemplates her place in the world and comes to terms with the intellectual, practical, emotional, and spiritual issues that an artist faces when reconciling her art with her life, even as that life approaches its end. Truitt illuminates a life and career in which the demands, responsibilities, and rewards of family, friends, motherhood, and grandmotherhood are ultimately accepted, together with those of a working artist.

Anne Truitt was an American artist whose bold use of geometry and color signaled a new direction for modern sculpture. Today she is internationally acclaimed not just for her art but for her journals of her life as an artist. Rachel Kushner is an award‑winning writer known for her art criticism and her novels Telex from Cuba (2008), The Flamethrowers (2013), and The Mars Room (2018). Her new book, The Hard Crowd (2021), collects twenty years of essays. Alexandra Truitt is the daughter of Anne Truitt and the noted American journalist James Truitt.

“A natural and graceful writer…Truitt’s self-examination is unflinching and, at every moment, possessed of the inevitable dignity that attends a genuine commitment to telling the truth about oneself.”—Art in America

“Anne Truitt’s Yield has a tone that is rich and spare, considered and sensuous, inward-looking and utterly vibrant and vivid, fully alive in the world, inspiring for the reader.”—Colm Tóibín, author of The Master