Cy Twombly

Cy Twombly

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by Richard Leeman, Cy Twombly, Isabelle D. Hauteville
     
 

The pictorial creations by American artist Cy Twombly have represented, for more than 50 years, a sort of enigma that reinforces the mythic status of the artist. This book, takes into consideration Twombly’s immense and complex body of work from the 1950s up through his current works, offers a thematic and chronological interpretation of his paintings,

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The pictorial creations by American artist Cy Twombly have represented, for more than 50 years, a sort of enigma that reinforces the mythic status of the artist. This book, takes into consideration Twombly’s immense and complex body of work from the 1950s up through his current works, offers a thematic and chronological interpretation of his paintings, drawings, sculptures, and collages. Richard Leeman’s study elucidates the symbols found in Twombly’s paintings―pictograms, numbers, words, colors―that, at first glance, constitute diverse and unique entities, but then assemble to form a veritable language, where their often primitive forms mix on the canvas with allusive fragments of a vast culture. From scribbles and drawings to words, Twombly’s work profoundly articulates a language and memory of desire where painting, drawing, and writing meld into a single art form.
This exquisitely produced volume, complete with six gatefolds, is an important addition to the existing bibliography of works on one of America’s preeminent contemporary artists.
Exhibition Schedule
“Cy Twombly: Fifty Years of Works on Paper”
Whitney Museum of Art: January 27—May 8, 2005
Menil Collection, Houston, TX: May 27—September 4, 2005

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Cy Twombly's body of work remains difficult to categorize, with its thousands of anguished gestures that are beautiful despite themselves and scribbled words that act as images. It is simultaneously modern and ancient, brash and sublime. In this monograph, which coincides with a major Twombly retrospective currently traveling the United States, Leeman (art history, Bordeaux Univ., France) presents a chronological study of Twombly's influences, allusions, and source material as well as a somewhat standard autobiographical study. He divides the monograph into segments (e.g., "Primitive, Ritual, Fetish"; "Romantic Symbolism") that neatly trace the artist's continuing evolution since the 1950s on paper and canvas. Anecdotal "evidence"-such as Twombly's claim that he painted his first signature drawing with the lights out-is as important and fascinating as Leeman's detailed research and spectacular deconstructions of the works. This book supersedes Kirk Varnedoe's Cy Twombly: A Retrospective in both scope and analysis. Highly recommended for all art collections.-Douglas McClemont, New York Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9782080304834
Publisher:
Rizzoli
Publication date:
06/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
10.05(w) x 12.60(h) x 1.33(d)

Meet the Author

Richard Leeman is a professor of Art History at Bordeaux University. After completing his doctorate thesis on Cy Twombly, he has contributed to a book on the history of visual art published in French and to the launch of the first issue of the new art history journal 20/21e siècles. He was head of research and subsequently scientific advisor for Vektor, a European project that fosters the exchange of information in the field of contemporary art.

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Cy Twombly 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cy Twombly is an artist who remains on the playing field, creating much the same type work over the years, yet still inspiring artists and audience alike. There is something gloriously spontaneous and innocent about his seemingly random 'scribblings' on canvas or paper. Perhaps he connects with the nascent artist in each of us: 'if this man can do this, I could, too!' Perusing this well constructed monograph quickly suspends delusions of being able to recreate Twombly's art. In generous foldout pages and richly reproduced examples of works from 1950 to the present we find hints of symbols, fragments of words that hold as much mystery as cave paintings or hieroglyphics, just variations on themes that serve to nurture excitement for the idiosyncratic work of this fine artist.The visuals are what make this book. The essay contributions by Richard Leeman who wrote his doctoral dissertation on Twombly are a bit on the dry side but as secure information as one is likely to find on this fascinating artist. Highly Recommended for all who have fallen under the spell of Twombly. Grady Harp
Anonymous More than 1 year ago