It’s getting awfully toasty here in the northeast USA. One antidote for me is to look at the cool colors in the works of one of my favorite American landscape painters – Neil Welliver (1929 -2005) who painted the Maine landscape near his home. He gets it right, this is just what Maine looks like.
RIP Cy Twombly (1928 – 2011), great Virginia-born abstract painter who lived in Italy since the 1950′s. I was going to do a separate post on Twombly, but i’m not sure how much enthusiasm there is here on the Spill for abstract painting. And i had no desire to attempt a post so early in the morning that would make me a candidate for Pseud’s Corner, so i’ll leave it to the experts. I never did see his retrospective in New York. I did see his painting “Autumn” in the Tate Modern and had to sit down, it knocked me flat from across the room and i couldn’t stop crying. His painting “Winter”, (3rd one down) is one of the best winter paintings i’ve ever seen, and sent me off the Guardian art forums for good when i couldn’t get it through to some people that no, a 10 year old couldn’t do it.
You can see obituaries and portfolios in the G here, and you can see a current show in London here:
Twombly and Poussin:
Dulwich Picture Gallery,
Starts 29 June
Until 25 September