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Cy Twombly: Writings on Hardcover – August, 2002
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About the Author
Born in 1928 in Lexington, Virginia, Twombly studied art at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston the Art Students League, New York and Black Mountain College in North Carolina. In the mid 1950s, following travels in Europe and Africa, Twombly emerged as a prominent figure among a group of artists working in New York that included Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns. In 1959, Twombly settled permanently in Rome. He has had numerous one-person exhibitions internationally and has been the subject of major retrospectives in both Europe and America. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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re: “Untitled,” the large black ground painting
with continuous loops of white crayon
Retrospective pl.78, 13’ x 21’:
Varnedoe writes :
The problem of scale
presented by this huge canvas
and the other one made at the same time
was solved in an ingeniously low-tech fashion.
Twombly wanted to be able to work
continuously across the width of the works,
at every level
including those well above his reach.
A motorized lift or rolling ladder
could conceivably have solved the problem,
but Twombly worked in a much simpler fashion.
The upper areas of both canvases were executed
with the artist sitting on the shoulders of a friend,
Nicola del Roscio,
who shuffled back and forth across the canvas
so that Twombly could work on the surface
as if he were a typewriter
striking its moving platen.
35 authors 43 occasions 43 dates: 1951-2001
collected by Nicola del Roscio w/ 28 reproductions
at POINTS in TIME
over and over-
to find their feet
in the presence of the painter
having in one sense or another ALL
either radically de-stabilized
by their encounter onerous inhibitions pre-conceptions
normative nominatives, profiling…..
DRENCHED— in sensory experience
minds switch away
to a physical rapture IN
marshaling STRUCTURE /to hold
BOOK : irreducible
painting of the last 50 years
\if you r old enough
8: Charles Olson, Letters to Robert Creeley, 1952,
tues. jan. 29 52: from Black Mountain College
worth the price of the whole book
but many others as well
most presumptuous : :7 lb. OBJECT
type : GLORIOUS
thick white paper from the Catalogue raisonnés
no wonder someone could break its binding-
[BUT— with a big library table book lectern to hold it up for
with a roll-over hospital table so you can read it in bed…]