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Permanent exhibition

Cy Twombly at Museum Brandhorst

Amy Sillman


  • Year2009
  • MaterialOil on canvas
  • Dimensions231.1 x cm
  • Inventory numberUAB 921
  • On viewAktuell nicht ausgestellt

More about the artwork

Amy Sillman’s paintings result from a confrontation with the body. According to the artist, painting is “not limited to perception via the retina, it is a total body experience.” Her large-scale compositions emerge layer by layer in a process of form-finding and dissolution. “Fatso” is a fitting example of this. A cartoon-like voluminous body looms at the center of the painting: a fat lump, as the title explains. But everything seems to be in motion. The body refuses to find a fixed form; it extends into increasingly thick rolls. These, in turn, are framed by shapes reminiscent of a backrest, or fingers. The fact that this one-eyed “Fatso” looks so miserable can be understood as both a humorous and gloomy illustration of artistic self-doubt. Above all, however, it conveys, in a wholly physical manner, a sense of uneasiness with one’s own body.

Further collection artworks

Nicola L. Little TV Woman: ‘I Am the Last Woman Object’
Cy Twombly, Lepanto IV, 2001, UAB 472aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Lepanto IV, 2001
Cy Twombly, Lepanto I, 2001, UAB 469Lepanto Zyklus aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Lepanto I, 2001
Cy Twombly, Untitled ('In Memory of Alvaro de Campos') (Lexington), 2002, UAB 652aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled (“In Memory of Alvaro De Campos”) (Lexington), 2002
Werkabbildung: Alexandra Bircken, Snoopy, 2014
Alexandra Bircken Snoopy, 2014