Sunday, July 10, 2011

Goodbye Mister Twombly!

Cy Twombly died last week ... he was 83. Born in the United States in 1928 ... he had been living in Italy since 1957 creating his simple, breathtaking paintings and drawings.

In the summer of 2005 I had the pleasure of sitting before one of his enormous paintings ... where I gazed to my hearts content ... it was a lovely afternoon!

If you ever have the opportunity to visit a museum exhibiting some of his work, give yourself a treat ... go see his paintings in person. There is a mesmerizing collection of his room sized paintings in the Cy Twombly Gallery at Houston's Menil Museum. Even if you do not particularly care for Abstract Expression ... his paintings will almost certainly whisper something to your heart ... that will make you smile! As for me, I am absolutely captivated by the total freedom of his scribbles and marks as they dance across an otherwise blank space! He painted exactly what he wanted ... as he wanted ... for 83 years ... he was an artist's artist!

Thank you, Cy Twombly!

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