Event Date: 23 May 2018
Arts Lecture Theatre 3
Royal Holloway University of London
Grey/Polychrome: Cy Twombly, Modernity, Classicism, and the History of Art
Dr. Frances Guerin (Film Studies, University of Kent) in conversation with Prof. Ahuvia Kahane (RHUL)
Today more than ever, Cy Twombly’s paintings are both modernist and attached to the past and, particularly, to Antiquity. Much of Twombly’s work is characteristically grey (or white), cerebral and replete with absence. And yet other work makes use of bold primary colours, violent brushwork and rapid movement. This discussion between Frances Guerin and Ahuvia Kahane will explore the myriad tensions and provocations of Twombly’s paintings. From opposite, but not incompatible, approaches, the film scholar and the classicist will offer new perspective on a body of work that effortlessly embraces opposites that are nevertheless always impossible to articulate fully.
Chair: Professor James Williams (RHUL)