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rauschenberg vs twombly

August 3, 2011

[Guardian] Why did Twombly keep his intensity right to the end, while Rauschenberg lost his? To guess at this we need to go back to the start of their story. Twombly, Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns formed what has been called a “triumvirate” of artistic originality 60 years ago. They shared ideas, sensibilities and, above all, a common thread of biography. The three young artists had overlapping relationships; all three were obsessed with revelation and secrecy. (read)

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  1. August 3, 2011 5:44 pm

    “Twombly was the romantic of the three, and still sang love songs in his old age. In Tacita Dean’s film portrait of the artist, he is seen looking through art catalogues. “There’s a Rauschenberg,” he says, “and a good one, too.” He was still thinking about his friend. The power of love kept Twombly’s art alive long after everyone else burned out.”

    maybe there is some truth in here after all, even if many would shrug at this conclusion, ‘love’ is after all overused to the point of becoming meaningless, no?

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