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

Publication date:
28 Jun 2022
Yale University Press
216 pages: 210 x 140mm
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Celebrating Anne Truitt's centenary, this posthumously published work serves as the fourth and final volume in her remarkable series of journals

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.

“I’ve seen a proof and it’s extraordinary.”—Edmund de Waal, The Guardian

“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

“As a previously unpublished manuscript from Truitt’s archive, Yield affords us the opportunity to see the artist in an unusually raw state. Her words are unfailingly erudite and abundantly human.”—Miguel de Baca, author of Memory Work: Anne Truitt and Sculpture

“Completed two years before Truitt’s death, Yield recounts in crystalline prose the decline of her generation, the horrors of 9/11 and the “War on Terror,” and the gratification her art brings even as its execution proves more difficult. Here is Truitt’s finest work of writing: a book as spare and deep, and ultimately wordless, as her art.”—James Meyer, author of The Art of Return: The Sixties and Contemporary Culture

“This extraordinary journal is Anne Truitt’s record of a searching intelligence, her meditations on memory, loss, creating art, creating a family and on age. It is a remarkable book, a tuning into ‘very tiny singular differences’ in a way that reveals Truitt’s singular brilliance as both artist and writer.”—Edmund de Waal, author of The Hare with Amber Eyes

“I have always kept Anne Truitt’s Daybook, Turn, and Prospect near me as I write. Yield is a rich encounter with the same searching, wise voice of a woman artist grappling with the complexities of her life and work. What a gift it is to have her voice in my ears once again.”—Dani Shapiro, author of Inheritance