Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Cy Twombly's Moving Doodles

Here is the artist Cy Twombly in the Cy Twombly Gallery in Houston, standing next to his painting "Say Goodbye, Catullus, to the Shores of Asia Minor" (1994). According the this month's Vanity Fair, a "nubile" French woman visiting the gallery once was so moved by this painting that she took off all of her clothes.

From Vanity Fair:
"I suppose people start off by being irritated," Cy Twombly has noted about the public's response to his ouvre, "but in the end they can't resist the temptation to join in."
Does he mean the naked French lady?

Slate's art critic Lee Siegel did a slide show essay on Twombly last year called "The Man Who Made Art Out of Doodles." Trying to explain Twombly's inexplicable art, Siegel says "He does not make art. He makes pre-art."

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