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Philadelphia Art Museum Curator Says Late Painter Cy Twombly Deserves Highlight in History

(Two of Cy Twombly's paintings at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  Photo provided)

(Two of Cy Twombly’s paintings at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Photo provided)

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A curator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is calling the death of American painter Cy Twombly “the end of an era.”

When you think of American contemporary art, usually Jasper Johns and Robert Rauchenberg come to mind first.

But Cy Twombly was right there with the best of them, according to Carlos Basualdo, a curator of comtemporary art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  He says Twombly’s work was extremely complex, a mixture of feeling and precise mechanics.

“I think that, in the last decades, it became clearer and clearer how incredibly important he was,” Basualdo says.
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The Museum of Art has ten Twombly paintings in its permanent collection that are based on the Trojan War.

“I think that it is a huge loss.  I think that it’s the end of an era in many ways,” says Basualdo.

Reported by Karin Phillips, KYW Newsradio 1060

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