From Publishers Weekly
American painter Cy Twombly, who has lived in Rome since 1957, embraces abstraction, figuration, writing and calligraphy in a seductive art of great expressive power and depth. In his canvases, turfs, swirls, twig bundles, ideograms and ornamental motifs confront one another in implied narrative; biomorphic entities resembling orifices, polyps, fringes or erupting effluvia conjure a protean sexuality; delicate cross hatchings and tracery interacting with graffiti or detached letters and words evoke multiple associations. Combining 187 plates, 94 in color, and an eloquent essay by Varnedoe, chief curator of painting and sculpture at New York City's Museum of Modern Art, this rewarding catalogue of a MOMA retrospective exhibition covers the full spectrum of Twombly's art, from spare white-on-gray paintings to fragile clay sculpture to the epic pictures inspired by Homer's Trojan War.
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From Library Journal
This catalog, published in conjunction with the major retrospective of Twombly's career at the Museum of Modern Art, provides context for the re-evaluation of the artist's long career. Curator Varnedoe traces Twombly's early career in Virginia, his studies in Boston and New York and at Black Mountain College in North Carolina, and his eventual move to Italy. Twombly's canvases are at times both hieratic and childlike; the numerous color and black-and-white illustrations complement Varnedoe's at times enigmatic commentary, which cuold have provided more interpretation. Varnedoe will not convert unbelievers in Twombly's work. Recommended for larger collections of art or for those who do not invest in the ongoing catalogue raisonne series prepared by Heiner Bastian (Cy Twombly: Catalogue Raisonne of the Paintings, 1992+).
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Martin R. Kalfatovic, Smithsonian Inst. Lib., Washington, D.C.
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