July 5th, 2011 / 5:07 pm
Massive People

Cy Twombly [1928-2011]




  1. Jeff

      Ah, shit. He was a great one. I’ve never seen more people angry at art than at his MoMA retrospective in the mid 90s. Many of them absolutely frothing about how this wasn’t art, a total sham, etc. Then there were a few serene souls hovering by the work, clearly knocked sideways and blissed out.

  2. Matthew Simmons
  3. Matthew Simmons

      NS: It was unusual that you were working in both painting
      and sculpture at that time, because people normally think of themselves
      as either painters or sculptors.

      CT: I didn’t think of myself as except what I was doing.

  4. pizza

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      “If the world is absurd, if what passes for reality is distressingly unreal, why spend time representing it?”

  5. Jimkleinhenz

      Should you have doubts about his work, sit down with a pencil and paper and try an do a Twombly. not so easy, huh?

  6. Anonymous

      a fire that consumes all before it still rips my guts out. sad news.

  7. Anonymous

      a fire that consumes all before it still rips my guts out. sad news.

  8. Guestagain

      …and an eraser, he drew with an eraser as well

  9. Anonymous

      for those who love the gesture of art he is a great liberator.

  10. Rich Baiocco

      hey a friend of mine sent me his essay he presented at a recent Black Mountain College conference on the artistic relationship between Twombly and the poet Charles Olson in the early ’50s.  If anyone’s interested in that sort of thing click on this link to read it.  Images are worth it alone.


      RIP Cy 

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  12. Bridgewindsoup

      yes! the eraser was super important.

  13. Bridgewindsoup

      Thanks for posting Blake, had no idea. When I was in NYC last weekend, I hugged a nice girl in front of a Cy Twombly painting at the Met. It made us really happy and we hugged, true story.

      ps. half way through “EVER” – incredible.