Cy Twombly: The Deconstruction of Painting through Gesture

Posted: 21/01/2017 by vequinox in Literature


—by Dorothea Konteletzidou*—

About his work, which has been acclaimed since 1979, Cy Twombly offers little information, admitting that he intentionally ascribes a mysterious power to certain words and images. Influenced by American Abstract Expressionism and Old Word past, the artist came by way of initial process of exploration and investigation to adopt a plastic sensibility that conveys the essence, which is the gesture.

Of course, in no way does his abstract tendency parallel that of american abstraction, despite the fact that in 1950, having already met Robert Rauschenberg, he realized that the painting surface interested him as a surface on which no physical visual experience takes place except a working progress of execution.


Still life, Black Mountain College, 1951

Twombly is an adherent to gestural painting and is opposed to every notion of representation.

His 1953 reference to automatic writing seems to have liberated him from every cultural consideration.

His pictorial…

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