Cy Twombly: Intensity, Scale, Space

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Composer Drew Baker remembers painter Cy Twombly from a composer’s point of view.

Baker notes that “… like [composer Iannis] Xenakis, Twombly’s works unleash a visceral intensity… And then there is Twombly’s sense of scale…. Scale/proportion strike me as common threads that connect the different parameters of space and time. The composer’s ‘space’ stems in part from a piece’s total duration, a factor that directly impacts the dispersing of sound materials within. Much of what I’ve discovered in this area relates back to visual artists like Twombly who, whether creating a sense of linearity or not, so clearly understand how a work’s scale relates to the surrounding space and, most importantly, the viewer.”

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