Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Goodbye Cy Twombly

Edwin Parker ("Cy" [after "Cyclone" Young]) Twombly, Jr. (April 25, 1928 – July 5, 2011)

" My line is childlike but not childish. It is very difficult to fake... to get that quality you need to project yourself into the child's line. It has to be felt.

Emerging from the New York art world of the early 1950s, Cy Twombly brought a distinctive approach to painting and sculpture that evaded precise affiliation with the predominant movements of the twentieth century, including Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, and Minimalism. Inspired by ancient Mediterranean history and geography, Greek and Roman mythology, and epic poetry, Twombly created—sometimes on a grand scale, in multiple-panel works—a sometimes-inscrutable world of iconography, metaphor, and myth. The breadth of Twombly’s imagination and his interdisciplinary approach to subjects traverse vast distances, resulting in works that are at once baroque and spare, modern and ancient. The rest of this excellent article, Cy Twombly in Depth, here

Cy Twombly: A Retrospective

Works by Twombly at the Brandhorst modern art museum, Munich


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Sites to go to for various works of Cy Twombly

The Menil Collection, Houston Texas
Cy Twombly Gallery
Gagosian Gallery


  1. oh, I didn't know he had passed. thanks for this Gina. I love Lepanto.

  2. Yup! Gina, thank you for the info and the wonderful art works.

    Re your comment on Linda (Vulture Peak)

    "...I feel spoiled saying that, as the fears that torment me are nothing like so many people all over the world experience daily - war, famine, drought, crime..."

    Totally I agree. But I'm thinking that those Peeps at least KNOW what they are fearing, whereas sometimes I just FEAR..period! To the point I wish to God that I knew WHAT!

    Thank you for helping me 'think' about this.

    Steve E

  3. looks like he had a talent for spinning plates on his finger too.

  4. RIP

    It seems an odd time for me just as I was about to visit an exhibition of his works that has just opened in London

  5. Becky - I like Cy's work. His contemporaries Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg are better known but he's no slouch. I love the child-like quality mixed with a keen intellectual enthusiasm.

    Steve E - I actually can identify one source of my fear as being related to the destruction of the planet and the helplessness that goes along with that. Other fears are more self-centered such as the fear of rejection or loss. Whereas people whose struggles are more at the level of basic survival are too busy to think about anything beyond themselves, I imagine. Thanks for picking up on my words and taking the time to let me know. I sincerely appreciate hearing from you.

    Vincent - So it appears! :-D

    Jams - you will appreciate his work more than ever, then! I've seen several of his works but I admit to not having previously known a whole lot about what motivated him. Enjoy!

  6. Didn't know him, thanx. A good weekend for you.

  7. The pieces you chose of his are all quite wonderful in different ways. He will be missed but nobody can say he hasn't left his mark.

  8. I love the spontaneous look of his marks and drips. My favorite of the ones you chose is the simple one, with the broad black strokes on the pinkish ground. It is astonishingly difficult to make that kind of image have the life and energy it does, while still making it unexpected, and an interesting composition. Motherwell was another practitioner of this magic. Franz Klein was another. These pieces look almost like accidents, but they are in fact carefully crafted, and utterly unique.

    I heard about his passing from NPR - they interviewed the person who runs the Menil Collection, who has the kind of love and appreciation for Twombly's work (and for Twombly as a person) to make an exhibition much more than the sum of the pieces. I would love to see that collection, expecting that it would do justice to Twombly's life and message as perhaps nowhere else in the world. S

  9. I wasn't familiar with his work, but have loved everything I've seen since his passing. NPR first clued me to his work, but obviously lacked the visuals you've provided. Thanks for filling in the gaps!


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