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Turn: The Journal of an Artist

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The second journal of an artist by "an extraordinary woman: sensitive, intelligent, perceptive"--Doris Grumbach.
Paperback, 214 pages
Published November 3rd 1987 by Penguin Books (first published 1986)
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Jun 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The artist grew up on the Eastern Shore of MD. Worked at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. All of her books are great but I think this one is the best. She describes the day to day issues of working as an artist. Anne speaks about the light on the Eastern Shore better than anyone I have ever read...
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir, creativity
Reading the third of Anne Truitt's journals is a delight. She touches on many topics of being an artist who is growing older and meeting her new limitations. Yet despite this these years are rich with her experiences of travel, creation, and taking on administration of Yaddo Artist Colony for one of their years.

She speaks of after her first book came out and the toll it took on her in elegant terms, "I am trying to feel out the new topology that the publication of Daybook is drawing around me:
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May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Continues the journals of an artist I’m increasingly convinced is criminally overlooked. She is so open and honest, at times I bristled at her particular concerns and her particular circumstances. But I have such a deep affection for her work and her willingness to just write honestly about struggling with the lack of attention, the relegation to a secondary role in the history of this art. I came away respecting her so much.
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
this book is the epic of everything every part of the catches you I recommend it too
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
intimate and insightful, i find a gem in every page. i will keep it beside my bed for re-reading every morning.
(Lonestarlibrarian) Keddy Ann Outlaw
In elegantly crafted language, artist Anne Truitt examines many spectrums of her life. She was not an artist I was familiar with, so I did a little visual online research and learned that she is known for her minimalist painted tower sculptures. She coated them with as many as forty layers of paint, patiently sanding and working with colors to achieve the pure effects she dreamed of. This is the second of three memoirs, the only one I've read. I wonder what the third will be like since her mind ...more
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Los Angeles Times Book Review chose Prospect as one of its Best Books of 1996 In her widely acclaimed earlier memoirs, Daybook and Turn, Anne Truitt charted her life as an artist, mother and teacher. In Prospect, Truitt looks at the far end of her life
Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: biography
I really loved Anne's "Daybook" but this journal about her growing older and her trip to Europe was disjointed and b-o-r-i-n-g, sadly. I was hoping her artistic flair for writing would have continued into old age.
Jul 16, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: nourishment seekers
Shelves: memoir
In her words...

"The community of artists, greater and lesser, can be lived in as an atmosphere, nourishing as air."

Dec 06, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: art
I loved this book. Or as much as I could get to before I left it behind at someone's house who claims he never found it. Ha.

Sep 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: partially-read
While very similar thematically to her two other books, this one just didn't grab me.
Christin Weber
Anne Truitt's journals gave me the courage and insight to keep on writing.
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The artist Anne Truitt was born in Baltimore in 1921 and spent her childhood in Easton. She lived in a house on South Street, just a block from the Academy Art Museum. She travelled extensively before eventually settling in Washington, DC. Her paintings and sculpture are noted for their simple linear qualities and investigation of color relationships.

Critics have often associated her with both Min
“vulnerability is a guardian of integrity” 6 likes
“The hallmark of a decision in line with one’s character is ease and contentment, and an ample, even provision of natural energy.” 1 likes
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