How does poetic reference in largely abstract works affect their interpretation? Reading Cy Twombly is the first book to focus specifically on the artist’s use of poetry.
Author: Mary Jacobus
Publisher: Princeton University Press
The first book on the central importance of literary sources in the paintings of Cy Twombly Many of Cy Twombly's paintings and drawings include handwritten words and phrases—naming or quoting poets ranging from Sappho, Homer, and Virgil to Mallarmé, Rilke, and Cavafy. Enigmatic and sometimes hard to decipher, these inscriptions are a distinctive feature of his work. Reading Cy Twombly poses both literary and art historical questions. How does poetic reference in largely abstract works affect their interpretation? Reading Cy Twombly is the first book to focus specifically on the artist’s use of poetry. Twombly’s library formed an extension of his studio and he sometimes painted with a book open in front of him. Drawing on original research in an archive that includes his paint-stained and annotated books, Mary Jacobus’s account—richly illustrated with more than 125 color and black-and-white images—unlocks an important aspect of Twombly’s practice. Jacobus shows that poetry was an indispensable source of reference throughout Twombly’s career; as he said, he "never really separated painting and literature." Among much else, she explores the influence of Ezra Pound and Charles Olson; Twombly’s fondness for Greek pastoral poetry and Virgil’s Eclogues; the inspiration of the Iliad and Ovid’s Metamorphoses; and Twombly’s love of Keats and his collaboration with Octavio Paz. Twombly’s art reveals both his distinctive relationship to poetry and his use of quotation to solve formal problems. A modern painter, he belongs in a critical tradition that goes back, by way of Roland Barthes, to Baudelaire. Reading Cy Twombly opens up fascinating new readings of some of the most important paintings and drawings of the twentieth century.
Jacobus, Reading Cy Twombly, 72. 39. See Cullinan, “American-Type Painting,”
85. 40. Jacobus, Reading Cy Twombly, 72. 41. Cullinan, “American-Type
Painting,” 101. On the roles of scatological defilement, see Michel Serres,
Author: Veronique M. Foti
Publisher: SUNY Press
A study of the significance of the visual arts in Merleau-Ponty's aesthetics in relation to the work of five artists not known or discussed by him. Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenological ontology engages deeply with visual art, and this aspect of his work remains significant not only to philosophers, but also to artists, art theorists, and critics. Until recently, scholarly attention has been focused on the artists he himself was inspired by and wrote about, chiefly Cézanne, Klee, Matisse, and Rodin. Merleau-Ponty at the Gallery expands and shifts the focus to address a range of artists (Giorgio Morandi, Kiki Smith, Cy Twombly, Joan Mitchell, and Ellsworth Kelly) whose work came to prominence in the second half of the twentieth century and thus primarily after the philosopher’s death. Véronique M. Fóti does not confine her analyses to Merleau-Ponty’s texts (which now importantly include his late lecture courses), but also engages directly with the art. Of particular concern to her is the art’s ethical bearing, especially as related to animal and vegetal life. The book’s concluding chapter addresses the still-widespread rejection of beauty as an aesthetic value. Véronique M. Fóti is Professor Emerita of Philosophy at Pennsylvania State University. She is the author of several books, including Tracing Expression in Merleau-Ponty: Aesthetics, Philosophy of Biology, and Ontology and Epochal Discordance: Hölderlin’s Philosophy of Tragedy, also published by SUNY Press.
One of the functions of art, poetry, and painting is to capture and to express
moments of our human experience” (Paz, “Cy Twombly Gallery,” 181). 25. Serota,
“History Behind the Thought." 50. 26.Jacobus, Reading Cy Twombly, 44. With a
Author: Joshua Rivkin
Publisher: Melville House
**A New York Times Editors Choice** "The most substantive biography of the artist to date...propulsive, positive and persuasive."—Holland Cotter, New York Times Book Review **PEN / Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography Finalist** **A Marfield Prize Finalist** Cy Twombly was a man obsessed with myth and history—including his own. Shuttling between stunning homes in Italy and the United States where he perfected his room-size canvases, he managed his public image carefully and rarely gave interviews. Upon first seeing Twombly’s remarkable paintings, writer Joshua Rivkin became obsessed himself with the mysterious artist, and began chasing every lead, big or small—anything that might illuminate those works, or who Twombly really was. Now, after unprecedented archival research and years of interviews, Rivkin has reconstructed Twombly’s life, from his time at the legendary Black Mountain College to his canonization in a 1994 MoMA retrospective; from his heady explorations of Rome in the 1950s with Robert Rauschenberg to the ongoing efforts to shape his legacy after his death. Including previously unpublished photographs, Chalk presents a more personal and searching type of biography than we’ve ever encountered, and brings to life a more complex Twombly than we’ve ever known.
Yet it is a script , a transcription nevertheless , if not a mere psychogram spelling
the command : Read ! But there is nothing meaningful to read there ; it is the self -
presentation of reading and the call to do so . Twombly ' s theme is reading , not ...
Author: Nicola Del Roscio
Publisher: Distributed Art Publishers (DAP)
Cy Twombly was one of the most unusual and intriguing artists of our time. In his paintings, drawings and sculptures, powetry and an extraordinary aesthetic sensitivity combine with references to ancient mythology and the experiences of the modern individual. Published in 2002, this volume assembles more than forty writings on Cy Twombly starting with his first solo exhibition in 1951: poems, philosophical and scholarly essays, as well as comments by fellow artists form an anthology that relates the history of culture in the second half of the 20th century. Edited by Nicola del Roscio, it includes writings by Roland Barthes, Arthur C. Danto, Charles Olson, Robert Motherwell, Octavio Paz, Robert Rauschenberg, Pierre Restany, David Sylvester, Kirk Varnedoe and many more. Beautifully illustrated with the artist's most important works, this large-size volume is literally the "textbook" to understanding this most fascinating contemporary artist.
But reading and seeing the signature is a blur; that is to say, the scribble, which is
also the last ofTwombly's images, is the signature of German Classicism or
Goethe's post-Italy oeuvre. In 1978 Cy Twombly completed what appears to be a
Author: Evelyn K. Moore
"Essays cover a range of media from painting and the decorative arts to theater, sculpture, and the science of seeing." from Introduction.
... Discourse and Myth in Cy Twombly ' s Work Cy Twombly ' s cuvre has
repeatedly given rise to controversial readings . What struck many as mere
scribbling and scrawling was perceived by others as exquisite and intellectually
Author: Cy Twombly
Publisher: Schirmer/Mosel Verlag Gmbh
The American artist Cy Twombly is regarded as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Starting off from abstract expressionism, he developed his own original style using writing-like signs which he exaggerated in size into monumental, large-format canvases. The presentation at the MUMOKthe first in Austriabrings together works from all periods of his oeuvre and presents a new cycle of works specially created for the show. Twombly's pictures and sculptures evoke the ancient myths of the Mediterranean world though it is the incidental and underlying that is the focal point. The alternation between sensitivity and vulgarity, filigree technique and expressivity constitute the enormous tension in the works. The exhibition, presented as a retrospective, brings together genres that, up until now, have generally been shown separately sculpture, painting, drawing, graphic works, and photographs.
Cy Twombly Selected Further Readings Cy Twombly : Paintings and Drawings
1965 – 1977 ( exhibition catalogue ) . New York : The Museum , 1979 . Cy
Twombly : Paintings and Drawings , 1952 – 1984 ( exhibition catalogue ) . New
Author: Sonnabend Gallery (New York, N.Y.)
Publisher: Tang Teaching Museum
Taking one of Andy Warhol's famous Campbell soup can paintings as its starting point, From Pop to Now presents a definitive survey of works collected by international gallery owners Ileana and Michael Sonnabend over the last four decades. For more than half a century, the Sonnabends have been a seminal force in the contemporary art world, often showing bold new work considered impossible to sell or too difficult for the times. In Paris from 1962 to 1973 and in New York from 1970 to the present, the Sonnabend galleries' shows have showcased a virtual who's who of contemporary art, spanning the full gamut of artistic exploration, from Pop Art to Minimalism and Conceptualism, from painting and sculpture to video and photography. During the height of the Pop movement, Ileana was dubbed the Mom of Pop Art, and the impact made by her artists at the time -- among them Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, and James Rosenquist -- is now as legendary as Sonnabend's passion for collecting contemporary art. Committed to exposing audiences in Europe and the United States to the most exciting contemporary work on both continents, the Sonnabends brought to New York the works of Italian Arte Povera artists -- Mario Merz, Gilberto Zorio, Jannis Kounellis, and Pier Calzolari -- and other Europeans, including Bernd and Hilla Becher, Christian Boltanski, and Anselm Kieffer. More than a collection, From Pop to Now looks at a pivotal time in contemporary art history, bringing together not only the names that have made history but also the seminal artworks that have defined a generation.
Moving beyond the traditional reading of this “ myth ” as marking the origin of
painting and sculpture , Saltzman sees both the ... Craig Staff's essay on Cy
Twombly takes issue with Roland Barthes's seminal reading of the artist ,
insisting contra ...
Author: Isabelle Loring Wallace
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
Contemporary art is deeply engaged with the subject of classical myth. Yet within the literature on contemporary art, little has been said about this provocative relationship. Composed of fifteen original essays, Contemporary Art and Classical Myth addresses this scholarly gap, exploring, and in large part establishing, the multifaceted intersection of contemporary art and classical myth.
doe's articulation of the early impact of Merz on Twombly focuses not on
Schwitters's deployment of paint , or his continued engagement with painting ...
Arthur Danto has provided an evocative , anthropomorphized reading of the 1948
Author: Kate Nesin
Cy Twombly (1928?2011) is widely acknowledged as one of the postwar period's most influential American artists, yet his sculptures are little known. From 1946 onward, he made hundreds of rarely exhibited found-object assemblages, often painted or plastered over with diverse coatings of white. Across decades, Twombly thus developed a singular, strikingly consistent body of work, despite the shifting status of sculpture during his lifetime. In this revelatory monograph, Kate Nesin first establishes, then evaluates the artist's long engagement with the historical and contemporary limits of sculpture, both as medium and as word. While others have described Twombly's three-dimensional works as timeless, transcendent, and poetic, Nesin complicates our sense of their so-called poetry, focusing on the prosaic, conspicuously material operations of these sculptural ?things,” and emphasizing the inherent difficulties as well as possibilities of the language used to characterize them. Through close readings of individual works and in-depth analyses of certain guiding concerns, such as surface, naming, gaps, and repetitions, she illuminates Twombly's remarkable sculptural practice.
Situated halfway between drawing and writing , their changing patterns show
affinities with Cy Twombly ' s works on paper . Similar transgressions of
boundaries characterize the thinly lined childish drawings reminiscent of graffiti
as though to ...
Author: Renée Riese Hubert
This volume expands upon and extends the work initiated by Renee Riese Hubert in Surrealism and the Book (University of California Press, 1987) by focusing acute critical attention on recent and contemporary artists' books. In The Cutting Edge of Reading the Huberts' develop a discourse which starts where the livre d'artiste leaves off.
Andy Warhol, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, Cy Twombly, Brice Marden, Ross
Bleckner ; [... anlässlich einer ... 18 Zitiert in / Cited by Yve - Alain Bois , " ' Der
Liebe Gott steckt im Detail ' : Reading Twombly , " in : Yve - Alain Bois ( et al . ) ...
Author: Andy Warhol
Publisher: Scalo Verlag Ac
Time and again in recent decades, art world denizens have celebrated or mourned the demise and subsequent resurgence of painting. In The Power of Painting invites you to take a look at painting above and beyond the rather tiresome modernist myth of the end of painting It proposes to consider the challenges and problems facing painters in the age of photography not as an omen of painting's eventual final exhaustion, but rather as a source of its lasting vitality In the Power of Painting traces how six seminal postwar artists -- Andy Warhol, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, Cy Twombly, Brice Marden, and Ross Bleckner -- developed their signature approach to painting in response to the art form's perceived crisis The six groups of works from the Daros collection impressively demonstrate how these painters re-wrote the rules of painting, from their initial experimenting to the canvases that heralded their maturity. A handsome and splendidly reproduced book, indispensable for all those looking for ways out of the restrictions and limitations of modernist and postmodernist approaches to art.
First and foremost, this is a visual feast, but also a desirable art book that challenges you to seek out fine art in more unusual places and question the statements they may be making.
Author: Catherine McCormack
Publisher: White Lion Publishing
The Art of Looking Up surveys 40 spectacular ceilings around the globe that have been graced by the brushes of great artists including Michelangelo, Marc Chagall and Cy Twombly. From the floating women and lotus flowers of the Senso-ji Temple in Japan, to the religious iconography that adorns places of worship from Vienna to Istanbul, all the way to bold displays like the Chihuly glass flora suspended from the lobby of the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas: this book takes you on a tour of the extraordinary artworks that demand an alternative viewpoint. History of art expert Catherine McCormack guides you through the stories behind the artworks – their conception, execution, and the artists that visualised them. In many cases, these artworks also make bold but controlled political, religious or cultural statements, revealing much about the society and times in which they were created. Divided by these social themes into four sections – Religion, Culture, Power and Politics – and pictured from various viewpoints in glorious colour photography, tour the astounding ceilings of these and more remarkable locations: Vatican Palace, Rome, Italy Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, UK Louvre Museum, Paris, France Dali Theatre-Museum, Figueres, Catalonia Museum of the Revolution, Havana, Cuba Capitol Building, Washington, DC, USA Four eight-page foldout sections showcase some of the world's most spectacular ceilings in exquisite detail. First and foremost, this is a visual feast, but also a desirable art book that challenges you to seek out fine art in more unusual places and question the statements they may be making.
These con- siderations are explored with specific reference to major artists of the
twentieth century,Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock and Cy Twombly.The
second half of the chapter is concerned with how we make 'sense' of or 'read' art
Author: Sunil Manghani
Image Studies offers an engaging introduction to visual and image studies. In order to better understand images and visual culture the book seeks to bridge between theory and practice; asking the reader to think critically about images and image practices, but also simultaneously to make images and engage with image-makers and image-making processes. Looking across a range of domains and disciplines, we find the image is never a single, static thing. Rather, the image can be a concept, an object, a picture, or medium – and all these things combined. At the heart of this book is the idea of an ‘ecology of images’, through which we can examine the full ‘life’ of an image – to understand how an image resonates within a complex set of contexts, processes and uses. Part 1 covers theoretical perspectives on the image, supplemented with practical entries on making, researching and writing with images. Part 2 explores specific image practices and cultures, with chapters on drawing and painting; photography; visual culture; scientific imaging; and informational images. A wide range of illustrations complement the text throughout and each chapter includes creative tasks, keywords (linked to an online resource), summaries and suggested further reading. In addition, each of the main chapters include selected readings by notable authors across a range of subject areas, including: Art History, Business, Cognitive Science, Communication Studies, Infographics, Neuroscience, Photography, Physics, Science Studies, Social Semiotics, Statistics, and Visual Culture.