NO, YOUR KID COULD NOT DO THIS
On July 5, something happened that went virtually unnoticed by the public and mainstream media, with the exception of a small obit in Time magazine and an article in the NY Times Art& Design section. It was the passing of artist Edwin Parker “Cy” Twombly (April 25, 1928 – July 5, 2011)…Twombly, who rejected the abstract impressionism of those from the period preceding him, and with a desire to contradict the audiences conventional perceptions of art, created a new minimalist form almost primitive in execution, that in the 80’s and 90’s became the inspiration for neo-Expressionist like Jean Basquiat and Julian Schnabel.
Despite being a friend of Robert Ruaschenberg, and sharing a studio with Jasper Johns in the 60’s, he did not receive the critical acclaim and commercial following they enjoyed. In 1964 his first show was a disaster, as his polarizing style was characterized by mainstream critics as scribbles (one reviewer saying “there’s nothing to these paintings”)…
Although influenced by Dadaism and Surrealism, he reimagined them to create an immediately and uniquely recognizable style.An essay published in 1994 by The Museum of Modern Art argued for his artistic merit by saying, “No, your kid could not do this”. Twombly himself said “my style is childlike but not childish…”
Look, I’m really bad at imbedding images, so check him out on line…You’ll either love him or hate him!