PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART
CY TWOMBLY ; ILIAD
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The recent Twombly exhibit, "Fifty Days at Iliam," 1978 ; A painting in 10 parts, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art was expertly curated. Twombly's lasting influence on contemporary art is compounding. Originally treated unfairly by critics, Twombly is now the savior of boring modern art. It is said that Basquiat use to have a book of Twombly paintings next to him as he painted his masterworks.
In fact, many artists claim Twombly as their influence in the art world. J.Hinos sites Twombly as a profound reason for coining his art movement "Opposablism." Twombly is now praised for his use of poetry, word art, and primitive expressionism. There are pieces that are completely abstract leaning towards abstract expressionism and other works that echo Gutai Avant-garde.
Writing words and then scratching them out displays the artist's process. Sometimes the process is more important than the final outcome. This rings true with the blind artist Jarret Rudar who states he prefers the process, a sort of therapy. This style is evident in Basquiat works where you can see the words with lines through them. I would still classify Twombly's works as abstract nonetheless. This street art style is common these days but not when Twombly was carving it out. He had to battle the critics until he was finally praised for his forward-thinking approach. This is surely in line with Stravinsky who had chairs thrown at him and his orchestra.
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