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CY TWOMBLY PHOTOGRAPHS 1951 TO 1999
Nicola De Roscio ed.

Schirmer/Mosel, 2004
Hardcover
114 pages
Dry-print matte colour
ISBN: 382960078X

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Since his student days in the early 50s, American painter and sculptor Cy Twombly, one of the greatest artists alive today, has concerned himself with photography. In this volume he presents his photographic work of 50 years to the public for the first time ever. Taking up 19th-century Pictorialist tradition, Twombly's photographs are, just like his paintings, drawings and sculptures, documents of a profound personal poetry. Studio shots, details of his own statuary, sculptures from his collection, romantic landscapes, flowers and portraits of his friends constitute the cosmos of his photographic oeuvre. Printed with matte colours on matte paper, a special 'dryprint' process lends these images a velvety, porous, almost grainy quality. On the stage of today's art, they touch long-lost chords. Resonant of the concepts of fin de siecle art they are, yet, thoroughly contemporary in their minimalism, creating an aesthetic vision by the commonest means.

 

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