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Cy Twombly’s evoca­tive works are back in the pub­lic eye, thanks to a do­na­tion

to Tate and two new books. Ear­lier this year, three of artist Cy Twombly’s san­guine, cal­li­graphic can­vases, painted be­tween 2006 and 2008, be­came part of a be­quest to the Tate Mod­ern that was so mon­u­men­tal it re­called the gift of Rothko’s plum and oxblood ‘Sea­gram’ mu­rals to the gallery in 1969. With his drip­ping paint and or­gias­tic ver­mil­lion loops, Twombly, who died in 2011, was pay­ing trib­ute to Bac­cha­na­lian rev­elry. Like much of his work, th­ese blots and smears were in­spired by sto­ries of clas­si­cal lit­er­a­ture.

Per­fectly timed to com­ple­ment Tate’s lat­est ac­qui­si­tion are two glossy new mono­graphs on the painter. Edited by his long-term part­ner Ni­cola del Roscio, The Es­sen­tial Cy Twombly de­ci­phers the squig­gles and codes em­bed­ded in his work, while Cy Twombly Par­adise ex­am­ines his psy­che­delic take on an­tiq­uity.

2004,

Leda And The Swan, 1962, Cy Twombly

Roses, Gaeta, Cy Twombly

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