The Easel

The Erotics of Cy Twombly

In life Cy Twombly was enigmatic. Since his death in 2011, his Foundation has put up a “torrid” battle to stop a biography. The result is a worthy but incomplete book. In particular Twombly’s tangled personal life, a great influence on his art, is not fully disentangled. The reviewer’s conclusion – “Desire is not simple or safe. In life and in art, desire is the complication.”