Mysterious and somewhat reclusive art world giant Cy Twombly died today at 83. Twombly was known for his spare, scratchy paintings that stumped many viewers and even those well-versed in fine art.
In today's New York Times, writer Randy Kennedy notes that the art world was always a bit perplexed by Twombly's strange work:
The curator Kirk Varnedoe, on the occasion of a 1994 retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, wrote that his work was “influential among artists, discomfiting to many critics and truculently difficult not just for a broad public, but for sophisticated initiates of postwar art as well.”
That aside, though, the artist has made a permanent mark on art history, grouped with names such as Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns.