American, 1929 - 2011
Oil and crayon on canvas
200.7 x 261.6 cm (79 x 103 inches)
The Albert Pilavin Memorial Collection of 20th-Century American Art 69.060
Here, white crayon applied on gray oil paint creates layers of scrawls reminiscent of chalk on a school chalkboard. These rhythmic scribbles suggest both the development of a narrative and a record of the artist’s gestural performance.
Twombly’s experience as a cryptologist in the U.S. Army prompted a fascination with drawing and calligraphy that is evident in Untitled and other works from his Blackboard series of paintings created between 1967 and 1971.(February 24 –April 23, 2006)(May 4 –December 30, 2018)
It’s more like I’m having an experience than making a picture. So I’ve never had anyone around. I never have. People are different, but I have to really be with no interference. And it takes me hours.
Painting a picture is a very short thing if it goes well, but the sitting and thinking… . I usually go off on stories that have nothing to do with the painting, and sometimes I sit in the opposite room to where I work. If I can get a good hot story I can paint better, but sometimes I’m not thinking about the painting, I’m thinking about the subject. Lots of times I’ll sit in another room and then I might just go in. It takes a lot of freedom. –Cy Twombly
The Albert Pilavin CollectionTwentieth-Century American Art. Bulletin of Rhode Island School of Design Museum Notes
Contributions byRobbins, Daniel
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1969
TypeExhibition CatalogueSelected Works
Edited ByWoolsey, Ann, ed.
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 2008
TypeMonographs and CollectionsPat SteirDrawing Out of Line
Edited ByLiese, Jennifer, ed.
Contributions byHoward, Jan and Susan Harris
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art Rhode Island School of Design, 2010
TypeExhibition CatalogueManuala journal about art and its making. Loreum Ipsum
Edited ByGanz, Sarah Blythe, S. Hollis Mickey, and Amy Pickworth, eds.
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 2014
TypeJournalA Handbook of the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design
Edited ByWoodward, Carla M., and Franklin W. Robinson, eds.
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1988
TypeMonographs and Collections