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.
Light pierces the darkness on the surface of the North Sea; tossed by the waves, pencil-thin beams of light reveal the Earth's natural creativity.
creates kaleidoscopic cubist portraits by folding photos into origami structures and then photographing them again over the original same-size photo portraits.
Through archival material, found photographs and dramatically staged portraits, this cerebral series offers a "confabulated" (yet highly personal) look at one of the darkest pages in Belgian history.
Pieces are sewn together. Thread binds the content. Dye binds the colors. Past and present collide. Manipulated family photographs expose new truths in existing images—true feelings emerge from these jarring combinations.