Wednesday, July 06, 2011
I was saddened to hear of the death of Cy Twombly. I only discovered a love for Twombly's work in December of last year when visiting my fiance's family in Houston, TX. While there we visited the Menill Collection, an incredible art museum, which has a separate gallery devoted to Twombly.
Somehow with all my classes in modern and contemporary art at NYU, Twombly was not a name I knew, but I immediately liked his work. The canvases at the Menill gallery are hung so that they feel like landscapes that you can enter. They have an almost dream-like quality. I meant to look Twombly up and learn more about him, but I didn't. It was only upon seeing the headline about his death that I read more about this American artist.
The photo of Twombly above (from the New York Times) shows him in one of the galleries there, and you can see just how large these photos are. Funnily enough, I took a similar quick snapshot in front of the same painting of my fiance and his father in front of the canvas. I hope to re-visit the gallery the next time I am in Houston and spend more time with this incredible work.