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Cy Twombly : Sculptures 1992-2005 /
essays by Giorgio Agamben ... [et al.] ; photographs by Jochen Littkemann, Laurenz Berges and Udo Brandhorst.
München : Pinakothek : Schirmer/Mosel, c2006.
144 p. : col. ill. ; 35 cm.
3829602456, 9783829602457
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München : Pinakothek : Schirmer/Mosel, c2006.
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Exhibition catalog, Munich, Alte Pinakothek, April 5-July 30, 2006.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 144).
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2006-12-01:
American artist Cy Twombly is known for ambitious canvases that conflate painting, drawing, and writing, often with scrawled scatological and literary references. Finally, his fantastic three-dimensional work, produced for six decades in Rome and the United States, has been rescued from anonymity, in great part owing to Munich-based publisher Schirmer/Mosel, which recently published the first volume of a catalogue raisonn? of pieces dating from 1946 to 1997. With a few overlaps, this 2006 catalog to an exhibition at Munich's Alte Pinakothek picks up where that more substantial tome left off, bringing us up to date with 33 of Twombly's most contemporary productions. Ample color photographs prove that he is still engaged in a variety of basic and found materials, including wood, paper, plastic leaves, resin, dripping paint, and pulpy plaster. Slight essays by philosopher Giorgio Agamben, Reinhold Baumstark (general director, Bavarian State Painting Collections), and others do not go far in situating this work within its art historical context, serving more as meditations from the various disciplines that Twombly himself culls for his work. Luckily, the sculpture's strange beauty speaks for itself. Recommended for art history collections.-Prudence Peiffer, Cambridge, MA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Appeared in Choice on 2007-04-01:
Documenting a 2006 exhibition of Twombly sculptures at Munich's Alte Pinakothek, this catalog includes a preface and essay by director Reinhold Baumstark and short texts by aesthetician Giorgio Agamben, playwright Edward Albee, and art historian Carla Shulz-Hoffmann. Its value, however, lies in the superb images of the 36 sculptures lent by the artist from a personal collection assembled between 1992 and 2005. Contrary to Albee's inexplicable assertion that these are not the sort of sculptures that one would expect from a painter, Twombly's work in three-dimensional media is exceptionally painterly. Color, it is true, is restrained: most of the works are white with only subtle tinges of hues or slight pencil inscriptions scrawled in the frail line that built Twombly's reputation. Still, the plaster that drips in gobs down the sides of Twombly's found objects (crates, tubs, branches) and the thick white paint that covers all are clearly laid by the hand of a painter. The illustrations convey this admirably. Baumstark's essay offers some useful biographical background and contextual information relating to influences on this American artist residing in Italy, but the images provide the real substance of this book. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. All levels. G. R. Brown Kansas State University
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