• Cy Twombly

    Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania

    At the ICA in Philadelphia, Cy Twombly showed paintings, drawings, and constructions from 1951–1974. One problem with the criticism of his work is that it tends to be poetically effusive and not to the point. (Heiner Bastian’s Parnassian evocation in the catalogue is particularly impertinent.) On the other hand, more iconographically minded writers, myself included, tend to convey the impression that Twombly is little more than a fashionable eclectic—which he is not. Thus this review, which I regard as a postscript to the iconographic issues addressed in my article on Twombly in the April, 1974,

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