Cy Twombly

Kunstmuseen Krefeld | Haus Lange

Anyone familiar with the painting of Cy Twombly, an American, will hardly be astonished by the fact that he lives in Europe, or more specifically in Italy. His work not only makes references in terms of content to ancient Mediterranean cultures; it reflects a general attitude toward painting that seems closer to the European than to the American intelligence. Twombly’s sculpture, however, caused astonishment when first displayed, in the late ’70s, in Naples. He had created these works over a period of years—initially, it seems, not for public exhibition. Their materials include found pieces of wood (like that used in vegetable crates) and such commonplace objects as fans, shells, and plastic flowers; almost without exception, they are covered with chalky white paint which does not fully conceal the raw wood. The larger pieces in this reshowing of the sculpture stood on the floor or on

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