Bachelorthesis: Een blinde wending. De invloed van een experiment met blindtekenen op het werk van Cy Twombly.

In 2009, I wrote my BA thesis on Cy Twombly’s early work: A Blind Turn. The influence of an blind drawing experiment on Cy Twombly’s work. You can download it here: Een blinde wending (PDF, text in Dutch). Isn’t the title cute?
Cy Twombly has stated that in 1953 and 1954 he had been drawing in complete darkness while being stationed in a military camp in Augusta, Georgia. These drawings have become know as the ‘Augusta Drawings’. In Heiner Bastian’s Catalogue raisonné of painting, he states that those drawings formed the basis for ‘the direction everything would take from then on’. Since nobody else ever looked into the artistic meaning of these curvy, scribbling drawings, I decided to do so. The disorienting experiment of not knowing precisely what he was drawing, and nevertheless continuing to do so seems to have given Twombly a new approach to his art: “Each line is now the actual experience with its own innate history. It does not illustrate – it is the sensation of its own realisation”, he said in a now-famous statement from 1957. The Augusta Drawings turned out to be instrumental in the coming-of-age of Twombly’s esthetics.


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