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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Cy Twombly passes


 Cy Twombly at his 2008 Tate Gallery retrospective in London.

Artist Edwin Parker "Cy" Twombly died today in Rome at age 83. His mid-20th century work, which recalled blackboard scribbles and graffiti, placed him at the forefront of American abstract expressionism and influenced a generation of artists including Jean-Michel Basquiat. Twombly later moved towards romantic symbolism referencing Classical myths and allegories in his work.

 Roman Notes, 1970.

 Untitled, 2001.

Bacchus, 2005.

19 comments:

Keri said...

Raina every time I read your blog I'm either thoroughly entertained or I learn something new or both. Thanks for posting, I've never heard of CT before but the work you posted is pretty incredible.

Julie @ Chapman Interiors said...

Aw sad. Even though it's scribbles I like it.

Bromeliad said...

Such an awesome scribbler.

Alcira Molina-Ali said...

Oh my, what a monumental loss.

I revered Cy -- his persona, his scribbles, his magnificent body of work.
May he go on to boldly fill empty canvases in the sky.

On a more cynical note, surely my fantasy of one day owning one of his pieces will now remain just that -- a pipe dream of epic and Oedipal proportions.
I suppose my stretched canvas of "Nicola's Irises" care of allposters.com will have to suffice and stand testament to my great travesty.
Alcira

nerochronicles.com

My Interior Life said...

I've always loved his abstracts. Didn't realized he passed away. Now he truly is a legend.

Karena said...

A sad day for the world of the arts! Twombly was indeed a master.

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Squeak said...

Oh no! I can't believe he's gone.

Like Alcira, I love Cy Twombly's work. It was my dream to someday own an original Cy Twombly.

Definitely a major loss to the art world.

Daydreamer said...

i didn't know, thank you for posting. such a loss.

ChrisToronto said...

Twombly has enjoyed a lot of favor in recent years; the shelter mags have been rife with images of his work displayed in posh penthouses. The attention is well-deserved.

Lisa said...

I went to his last show at the Art Institute, Chicago a couple of years ago. It was breathtaking! What a loss.

Design Elements said...

so sad...rip

Hollywood forever, Kevin said...

Raina, I remember very well the day I first saw one his paintings in person. I was confused, amused, and hooked forever. A loss for us all. Thanks for the memory.

La Boheme said...

Aaah really sad news, I love his work.

Meta Musings said...

Sooo sad. I really love his work. What a major loss.

Raina Cox said...

Meta Musings - Hello and welcome.

Madam Pince said...

A great loss, not just to the art world, but the universe at large. At least we have decades of his work to enjoy forever. Rest in peace, Cy.

The Down East Dilettante said...

There are few things in life that I crave more than a Cy Twombley painting.

Wow, what a contrast the photo here of him in old age with the photos Horst took for Vogue half a lifetime ago of Tatiana and Cy Twombly in their cool pale palazzo...

tiny dancer said...

I heard about this when I was at work (haha and I work at a Gallery so word got out pretty fast). Its too bad, fantastic artist!

Tasia
http://rufflesandsequins.blogspot.com

Raina Cox said...

tiny dancer - Hello and welcome.