Patti Smith on Cy Twombly's Treatise on the Veil (1970)

by on Sep.30, 2011

“To be confronted with a masterpiece is to be infused with new blood. I witnessed this breathtaking painting at the Guggenheim in Bilbao. The monumental work functions as the veil and the veiled simultaneously. At first one is confronted by a cast chalkboard. But in the changing light, the canvas gathers the illusion of shimmering color, like the mutable expanse of water lilies wrapping the walls of a room at the Musee de l’Orangerie in Paris.”

(Patti Smith, in the Art Forum I got in the mail today)

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