The artworks of the US artist Cy Twombly (1928–2011) are considered to be hermetic and inaccessible. Pencil scribblings, explosions of paint, tumbling lines, overlapping layers of color, and inscriptions, geometrical figures, numerals, rows of numbers, words, fragments of quotations, and enigmatic work-titles present very special challenges to both researchers and viewers.
While art historians together with scholars of Egyptology, Archaeology, German, Greek, English, Japanese, and the Romance languages inquire into the relation between title, work, and inscribed quotations, leading representatives of research on Twombly focus on the visual language and scriptural-imagistic quality of Cy Twombly’s work. Through comprehensive interpretations of famous single works and groups in all the artistic media employed by Twombly, the volume’s cross-disciplinary view opens up a route into the associative-referential visual language of Cy Twombly.
Thierry Greub: Art historian and exhibition curator.— Studies of art history, philosophy and german philology at the University of Basel; 1997–2000 Academic Assistant of Prof. Dr. Gottfried Boehm at the Department of Art History at the University of Basel; Dissertation on Johannes Vermeer: Greub, Thierry (2004): Johannes Vermeer oder die Inszenierung der Imagination, Petersberg: Imhof.—
2002–2008 Assistant Director of the Art Center Basel, curator of several exhibitions, including: Homer. Der Mythos von Troia in Dichtung und Kunst, Hirmer 2008; Museums in the 21st Century: Concepts, Projects, Buildings, Prestel 2006.—Since 2009 Research Associate at the Morphomata International Center for Advanced Studies at the University of Cologne.—Latest publication on Cy Twombly: Greub, Thierry (2017): Der ungezähmte Blick: Texte zu Cy Twombly, Paderborn: Fink.— Field of Research: Cy Twombly; Johannes Vermeer; Velázquez’ Las Meninas; Late Gothic limewood altars; Reception of Homer; Peter Zumthor.