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MARKS OF DISTINCTION: CY TWOMBLY REMEMBERED

Cy Twombly, Triumph of Galatea, 1961, oil, crayon, and pencil on canvas, 9' 7 7/8“ x 15' 10 3/8”.

TWENTIETH-CENTURY ART was irrevocably changed by Cy Twombly, who died July 5 at the age of eighty-three. His unstudied marks, sweeping strokes, graffiti-like scrawls, and dripping bursts of pigment dismantled older pieties regarding drawing and painting, things and words. His art traversed empyreal heights and immanent grounds—touching transcendence only to sink back down into earthly concerns. Twombly thus demanded that we look up close and from a bodily remove. In the pages that follow, an eminent group of scholars and fellow artists—Rosalind E. Krauss, Arthur C. Danto, Jeffrey Weiss, Robert Morris, and Dorothea Rockburne—honors this doubled perspective, reflecting in both expansive and intimate terms on the artist’s momentous legacy.

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