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Cy Twombly: A Retrospective

Varnedoe, Kirk; Twombly, Cy

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ISBN 10: 0870706217 / ISBN 13: 9780870706219
Published by Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1994
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Oblong octavo in offwhite and illus. wraps (illus. spine); illus. (some color); 175 p.; 25 x 29 cm. In English. Published in conjuction with exhibition. New copy still in publisher's shrinkwrap. Bookseller Inventory # 83983

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Title: Cy Twombly: A Retrospective

Publisher: Museum of Modern Art, New York

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Paperback

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Paperback. Illustrated.

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Twombly, an American artist who has lived in Italy for most of his professional life, has ridden out both the storms and the doldrums of critical reception and rejection in his native country. Now, as part of a major retrospective held at the Museum of Modern Art, the most comprehensive monograph yet on Twombly and his work has been published, and it will do much to secure his place in the annals of American art. Painting with purpose by the time he was 12, Twombly attended Black Mountain College with such peers as Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns but ended up making work far more elusive and puzzling than their radical but graspable creations. Twombly never made figurative or pop images but, rather, developed an energetically linear and most often monochromatic visual vocabulary. Varnedoe carefully and astutely identifies Twombly's influences, which include primitive as well as classical art, but, for the most part, Twombly's paintings and drawings seem primarily to mirror the nervousness and obsession of thought and rumination. Twombly's work is all about light and movement, concealment and erasure, the passage of time, and the urge to record the flicker and flash of emotion, memory, and dream. Donna Seaman

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