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Jan 01, 2011
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Cy Twombly, Letter of Resignation #26 (detail)

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Christie’s:

Completed in Rome in 1967, Letter of Resignation…consists of 38 small square sheets, each possessed with an independent integrity and enigmatic completeness, but which can be read together in sequence as a narrative. They are like the intimate pages from the artist’s own personal diary. Each emotion, sensation, hope or memory is transcribed by means of a private and undecipherable calligraphy. It is as though Twombly’s very thought process has been given visual form.
Letter of Resignation is therefore a poem in pictures. Heiner Bastain, editor of the Twombly Catalogue Raisonné and author of a book especially published on the cycle, calls it “a dialogue of obsessions and dreams, of history and its myths, of poetry and profane graffiti.” He suggests that the title implies a confession or a sad but necessary farewell. Because of this, he relates the drawings to a period of dislocation for the artist and sees it as a prelude to a radical change in his paintings that occured after 1967.

John Waters is a big collector of Twombly:

Waters collects Twombly’s art and boasts of owning eighty-one books on the man best known for his inventive, yet illegible handwriting—the hallmark of his work. Depending on your politics, Twombly’s work either looks like indecipherable hieroglyphs, or, if you share Waters’s vision, the artist’s hidden language, “the poetics of the Palmer method,” speaks volumes. If you’re slightly skeptical about Twombly’s place in the canon, then you’re not alone. Waters’s longtime housekeeper Rosa is not a fan, and apparently told Waters, “They have the nerve to put this in a book.”

Art collecting for Waters began when he was nine years old and bought some Miró cards in the gift shop at the Baltimore Museum of Art. When he showed them to his friends and they all hated it, he said, “Wow,” and began to understand the power of art. I think that early experience helped him to shape his feelings on modern art in general, and Twombly in particular. “Doesn’t it make you mad? It should. It’s modern art’s job to destroy everything that came before it,” Waters said. He then praised Twombly for his artistic scribbles, handwriting he referred to as “both violent and erotic.”

Waters, who keeps the Letters of Resignation catalogue by his bed, says that Twombly created “such confident work it makes people mad.” To detractors not fond of the work, Waters offered this retort, “This kind of contemporary art hates you too, and you deserve it.”

I think it’s time for a trip to Houston to check out the Menil’s Cy Twombly gallery.

If you dig this, check out Saul Steinberg's calligraphy and false documents.


Thx, ayse!

Cy Twombly, Letter of Resignation #26 (detail)

See all 38 19 drawings from the cycle →

Christie’s:

Completed in Rome in 1967, Letter of Resignation…consists of 38 small square sheets, each possessed with an independent integrity and enigmatic completeness, but which can be read together in sequence as a narrative. They are like the intimate pages from the artist’s own personal diary. Each emotion, sensation, hope or memory is transcribed by means of a private and undecipherable calligraphy. It is as though Twombly’s very thought process has been given visual form.

Letter of Resignation is therefore a poem in pictures. Heiner Bastain, editor of the Twombly Catalogue Raisonné and author of a book especially published on the cycle, calls it “a dialogue of obsessions and dreams, of history and its myths, of poetry and profane graffiti.” He suggests that the title implies a confession or a sad but necessary farewell. Because of this, he relates the drawings to a period of dislocation for the artist and sees it as a prelude to a radical change in his paintings that occured after 1967.

John Waters is a big collector of Twombly:

Waters collects Twombly’s art and boasts of owning eighty-one books on the man best known for his inventive, yet illegible handwriting—the hallmark of his work. Depending on your politics, Twombly’s work either looks like indecipherable hieroglyphs, or, if you share Waters’s vision, the artist’s hidden language, “the poetics of the Palmer method,” speaks volumes. If you’re slightly skeptical about Twombly’s place in the canon, then you’re not alone. Waters’s longtime housekeeper Rosa is not a fan, and apparently told Waters, “They have the nerve to put this in a book.”

Art collecting for Waters began when he was nine years old and bought some Miró cards in the gift shop at the Baltimore Museum of Art. When he showed them to his friends and they all hated it, he said, “Wow,” and began to understand the power of art. I think that early experience helped him to shape his feelings on modern art in general, and Twombly in particular. “Doesn’t it make you mad? It should. It’s modern art’s job to destroy everything that came before it,” Waters said. He then praised Twombly for his artistic scribbles, handwriting he referred to as “both violent and erotic.”

Waters, who keeps the Letters of Resignation catalogue by his bed, says that Twombly created “such confident work it makes people mad.” To detractors not fond of the work, Waters offered this retort, “This kind of contemporary art hates you too, and you deserve it.”

I think it’s time for a trip to Houston to check out the Menil’s Cy Twombly gallery.

If you dig this, check out Saul Steinberg's calligraphy and false documents.

Thx, ayse!

(Source: villeandersson)

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