The purchase of 'Quattro Stagioni' was made possible by the American fund for the Tate Gallery. Like many artists, composers and poets who have written about the seasons, or painted images of the passing of time, there is here a celebration of ephemeral beauty, lost love. Twombly's canvases convey a mood of decline and loss. The autumn panel is the most relaxed. The artist attributes his inspiration for this and subsequent panels to the wine harvest at Bassano in Teverina, a village north of Rome. Twombly's 'Spring' is erotic and passionate, the words on the canvas resemble a love letter. There are, in Twombly's paintings, connotations that go beyond the seasons; references are made to war, European myth, history, doomed desire. Twombly has been described as the least American of the great American artists - due in large part to the fact that he has lived, since 1957, in Rome. Had he stayed in America, he would certainly have benefited from the climate there, which supported Abstract Expressionist art. The words on Twombly's canvases are a spontaneous and poetic response to his interest in myth and the history of art. They are a fluid and sensual response, not just to personal experience, but to the work of previous artists, to a society at odds with poetry and philosophy. They are a splendid new treasure for the Tate Gallery.
Bruce Nauman: Raw Materials
Bruce Nauman: Raw Materials – The great Turbine Hall at Tate Modern seems to evoke an Aladdin's cave for most artists. However, under Bruce Nauman's control, waves of spoken voices, all carefully positioned and structured, interact with each other and the viewer, who sees only the 16 speakers set out at regular intervals.
Douglas Gordon: Superhumanatural
The film and video artist Douglas Gordon had his first one-man exhibition in Britain at the Lisson Gallery in 1994, sponsored by its perceptive director Nicholas Logsdail, to which he returned again in 2001. The following year, he was to exhibit 'Entre'Act 3' at the Stedelijk Van Abbe Museum in Eindhoven. 'Fuzzy Logic' followed at the Pompidou Centre in Paris, and from about this time his work really took off internationally.
Pop Culture on Repeat
Using today's most basic, accessible medium - the television - as her canvas, Candice Breitz treats film footage as found objects and pop fanatics as the makings of a chorus. Breitz's strong belief that, 'We learn who we are by watching others' fuels her exhibition of new works on view at the White Cube gallery in London.
A stroke of curatorial genius (or plain good housekeeping) has led to the Edinburgh Festival exhibition of the work of Cy Twombly being established at Inverleith House in the Edinburgh Royal Botanical Gardens
The Horse: 30,000 Years of the Horse in Art – book review
The Horse: 30,000 Years of the Horse in Art by Tamsin Pickeral is a gallop through art history from prehistoric times to the present, with the focus narrowed on the horse - a long-standing and yet surprisingly unmentioned muse of artists spanning centuries and continents, schools and movements. A creature of practicality and mythology alike, promising loyalty as well as escape, serenity and passion, domestic bliss and gallivanting into the wilderness, the horse indeed is a subject of promise.