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Cy Twombly at Museum Brandhorst

Amy Sillman


  • Year2009
  • MaterialOil on canvas
  • Dimensions231.1 x cm
  • Inventory numberUAB 921
  • On viewCurrently not exhibited

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 artworks

Cy Twombly , Untitled, 2003, UAB 481aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled, 2003
Auf einem Sockel und an der Wand hängende Skulpturen, die in der Ausstellung Future Bodies from a Recent Past im Museum Brandhorst in München gezeigt werden.
Franz West 2 Paßstücke
Cy Twombly, Ramification, 1971, UAB 452aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Ramification, 1971
Cy Twombly , Lepanto VIII, 2001, UAB 476aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Lepanto VIII, 2001
Cy Twombly, Celtic Boat, 1994
Cy Twombly Celtic Boat (Gaeta), 1994