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Fluid Identities – Who am I and what can I be?

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It matters—Sculpture and Materiality



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Brandhorst Flag Commission: Nora Turato

Permanent exhibition

Cy Twombly at Museum Brandhorst

Laura Owens


  • Translated titleUntitled
  • Material Oil, silkscreen ink, Flashe vinyl paint, charcoal, acrylic and gesso on linen
  • Dimensions350.5 x 264 cm
  • Inventory numberUAB 931-932
  • On viewCurrently not exhibited

More about the artwork

This diptych by Laura Owens is dominated by two enlarged newspaper pages that were silk-screened onto the canvas. Some sections look as if they were placed under a magnifying glass, others have been cut out. Underneath, a delicate drawing emerges. Spread across the pages, there are sweeping, sometimes impasto brushstrokes—as if Owens had used the newspaper to wipe her brush and then enlarged the respective sections. But instead, this is a sophisticated collage that renders it almost impossible to distinguish between what is painted, what is drawn, and what is printed; what is “real” and what is “fake.” Some of the brushstrokes’ shadows are in fact printed—and thus not at all traces of spontaneous painterly gestures. Additionally, newspaper articles and pictures have been reworked and partially replaced with more recent information. With this game of deception, Owens questions the authenticity of digitally-circulated data, but she also stages a dialogue between painting and digital technology. For her, these two modes of image production challenge and enrich each other.

Further artworks

Alexandra Bircken, New Model Army, 2016, UAB 1104aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Alexandra Bircken New Model Army, 2016
Cy Twombly, Ramification, 1971, UAB 452aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Ramification, 1971
Cy Twombly, THERMOPYLAE (MEUDON), 1992, UAB 466aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Thermopylae (Meudon), 1990
Cy Twombly, Untitled (Bacchus), 2005, UAB 487aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled (Bacchus), 2005
Cy Twombly, Gaeta Set (for the Love of Fire & Water), 1981, UAB 459 1/10-10/10aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Gaeta Set (For The Love of Fire & Water), 1981