n°252/ Christmas Card

December 2016

by Nathalie Azoulai

When you look at a painting by Cy Twombly, you may think of two different creative mindsets : one would be to relate it to the artist’s heart or brain and to consider it monitored ; the other to remember what the artist’s assistant Nicola Del Roscio said about the way he used to work : «Cy could spend days thinking while not moving and then, he would operate as a Xerox throwing the visionin his head on the canvas. As if he was scared it could fade away. So that he used to paint with whatever he found, even with his own fingers. He wouldn’t leave it till he was totally done, morally and physically exhausted. » Whatever mindset you choose, the vision remains and relates you to some secret Christmas wish, but hush, don’t say it yet…

 Cy Twombly