July 15, 2011

Farewell to two artists

These days, two artists passed away.

Cy Twombly: I never liked his paintings, but his sculptural work was for me a bit more interesting. Now that he died, I have been reading more about him (don't miss the spectacular piece by Niklas Maak on the FAZ), and it seems that he was an artists for philosophers (such as R. Barthes). For me, that means that he became even less interesting than he was already for me.

This is one of my favorite Twombly. Read the story, if you don't know it.

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Zdeněk Sýkora: He was a modernist from the Czech Republic, and his work is stupendous: between Pollock, op-art and a neat Kandinsky. Look at -- admire! -- this joy and happiness.

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