Note I

Cy Twombly American
Printer Universal Limited Art Editions, Inc.
Published by Universal Limited Art Editions American

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Central to Twombly’s art are allusions to processes, gestures, and forms of writing. Whether tight and multiplied, as in Note I, or enlarged and loose, as in Untitled I, made the same year, Twombly’s rhythmic glyphs and flowing lines evoke a range of associations, including graffiti, children’s doodles, and exercises for learning script, such as the Palmer Method, a muscle training technique that promises greater efficiency and uniformity in handwriting. Twombly’s inimitable marks, however, lack the perfected regularity promised by such exercises. Rather, by showing variations in the slanted, looped forms, densely layered in regulated horizontal lines compressed in a tight rectangular space, Twombly gestures to the fatigue generated by the act of writing, while also revealing the poetry possessed by the wiry and irregular etched forms.

Note I, Cy Twombly (American, Lexington, Virginia 1928–2011 Rome), Etching

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