Thursday, May 14, 2009

Cy Twombly - Untitled

Cy Twombly
Untitled, Lexington, 2001

Wood, plastic, pulp and printed paper, plaster, synthetic resin paint in white and light ocher tones, green, tones of yellow, purple and red, neon pink and neon yellow acrylic11 3/4 x 15 3/4 x 11 3/4 in. (30 x 40 x 29.8 cm), Collection of the Artist, Obj: 194398

From The Art Institue of Chicago:

Twombly has also produced sculpture for over five decades. The same raw force that inhabits his work in other media characterizes his sculpture; however, his three-dimensional objects possess a distinctly classical formality. Typically constructed of found scraps and simple, untreated materials such as wood, cloth, and plaster, most of the works are finished with a coat of white paint, which Twombly has referred to as “my marble.”

Untitled, Lexington, 2001 consists of a wood support and a trapezoidal, plaster base, both of which are whitewashed, topped with a cluster of wadded, paint-soaked paper towels and rags. Tightly packed, these vibrantly colored bundles strongly suggest a bouquet of flowers. Twombly’s flora, however, are often invested with suggestions of mortality, violence, and sexuality. Avoiding more overtly sentimental or decorative associations, the rags may also recall fragments of saturated gauze used in the stemming of a wound.

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