He was a painters painter. I was fortunate enough to visit the Rothko Chapel and Twombly building a few years back. A religious experience of sorts.
I haven't seen a lot of Twombly's work in person but I made regular pilgrimages to the 50 Days at Iliam.
My favorite room at PMA. The audacity.
It really makes an impact. I had not seen much at all and then the trip to Houston and to Chicago to see their show a few years ago. Someone had commented that he was the first great graffiti artist yesterday. I had never thought of this "scribbles" and dialogue as graffiti but you could certainly argue that point. He is one of those artist that, to me, has his own sort of gravity. Where do you think he ranks among the greats? Do you think he deserves the accolades showered upon him?
Hughes addresses the Graffiti thing a bit here...http://hi.baidu.com/onecuptea/blog/item/88c0dbb1e3751c53092302e9.html
I think he benefited from both being the real thing-New York school biggie (especially in his later years) and having the super international marketing system of the last 20 years working for him. Lots of big drips and mythology.
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