Cy Twombly (1928-2011) — a celebrated painter and sculptor, but photographer as well — was American-born and educated, yet affectionately bound to European culture and sensibility. Inspired by Greek mythology and Mediterranean history, his work is rooted in the link between the past and present. While his musings on the past is at times blatant, like the litany of Greek figures ("Apollo Musagetes Phoebus Smintheus Agyieus Platanistius") scrawled on canvas, his reverence for history is more subtle in his photographic work.
The photographs, although chiefly serving as ideas and models for paintings or sculptures, reflect his thoughts on the past and the complex beauty of antiquity, in their own right. The photographs — soft, ethereal, colorful celebrations of fleeting moments — are inherently poetic. The photographs here make it clear how photography informed Twombly's successful career. We invite you to take time and pleasure in what you find in them.
— Catherine Rierson
Photos courtesy of The Lambert Collection in Avignon, France.
creates kaleidoscopic cubist portraits by folding photos into origami structures and then photographing them again over the original same-size photo portraits.
In any part of the universe there is a whole universe—Hamlet saw infinite space in a nutshell; William Blake saw a world in a grain of sand, a heaven in a wild flower, eternity in an hour. These photos shimmer with beauty.
and JH Engström were both born in the same remote province in Sweden, but generations apart. Together they revisited Värmland, and documented their experiences with two distinct photographic styles.
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