Wednesday, October 29, 2008


Leda and the Swan, 1962
Cy Twombly
Oil, pencil and crayon on canvas
6' 3" x 6' 6 3/4" (190.5 x 200 cm)
Private collection
or MoMA

So I thought I would break very far from my comfort zone and pick something that I don't like. Triggered by today's I thought of Cy Twombly. Twombly has been the artist that I decided I would not put any effort into. There are surely more, but I was allowing myself a well-known artist critically revered by many to fall into this camp. I'd wander Modern art galleries (1940s-1960s my happy element) but Twombly was one I could never get a handle on. His works simply push me away. I've decided to take another look now when I see one but I have yet to be drawn in on any level of interest or enjoyment. Even when my Modern art guru friend attempted to share with me some insight into the artist (and this was when I was in grad school and was supposed to be open to all) I said, no, thanks, I don't do Twombly, let's talk about something else.

I would be curious to hear what others (especially those without much art background) think of this piece and his other work (if you are interested in checking out more). Unfortunately I do agree with that reproductions of his work do them no justice (which is technically true of most all work, particularly large-scale work) but it surely gives you an idea of the content. Through a quick search it appears that his more recent work might hold a bit more interest for me, but I'll have to get back to you on that.

Okay and in a tangential relationship, looking for a good definition of Modern art online I discovered the Modern Art Board Game!!!


Erik said...

His work simply reminds me of the work of one of the 6 year olds in my mother's classroom. I've seen it in person a couple of times and never managed to see anything deeper.

A.L. said...

Yea I totally agree, and I love much work that others attribute to 6 year olds, and can easily defend and discuss.