On Tuesday, July 5, 2011, the world lost an artist who was anything but typical. While Cy Twombly did have some qualities in common with his counterparts–he was quirky and created work that a lot of people think their kindergartener could make–Twombly mostly set himself apart from the rest, from the very start of his career.
Mr. Twombly’s work has spanned many decades and movements, offering up equal parts inspiration and confusion to those who witness it. He is one of those artists who makes every attempt to stay out of the limelight, unlike many of his famous artist friends (Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns among them), and even went so far as moving to Rome at a time when the art world was centering itself in New York City, not Europe, and that unconventional spirit certainly shines through in his work…
If you’ve ever taken a walk through the Philadelphia Museum of Art, then I hope you’ve happened upon Twombly’s Fifty Days at Iliam, a 10-part painting interpreting Homer’s Iliad as seen through the words of 18th century poet Alexander Pope. Most people who enter this particular room might shake their heads, as the ‘scribbles’ and elementary school-style phallic symbols might not appear ‘complicated enough’ to be considered art for some. But I would urge these people to take a closer look. What I see, and what I think Twombly intends to put forth, is something much deeper–something that is simultaneously fascinating, grotesque, and beautiful…
So let’s pull some sartorial inspiration out from all of this, shall we? If you’re looking to pay some respect to this enigmatic character who has undoubtedly left his mark for years to come, why not don one of these fresh, artful frocks when heading to the closest gallery/ museum that keeps Twombly work in its collection? You’ll fit right in!
D&G Pleated Floral-Print Dress, $199
Alexander Wang Doodle Print Silk Dress, $649
ASOS Full Circle Scribble Print Dress, $61
Images of artwork provided courtesy of cytwombly.com
–AMBER DANESE GRANDFIELD