Cy Twombly, Artist With Huge Houston Connection, Reported Dead

Cy Twombly, the American artist for whom the Menil Collection's Cy Twombly Gallery is named, has died in Rome, according to the Associated Press. He was 83 years old.

Twombly's art, according to the Menil Collection website, "evaded precise affiliation with the predominant movements of the twentieth century, including Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, and Minimalism." Twombly was largely influenced by ancient Mediterranean history and geography, Greek and Roman mythology and epic poetry. This influence that could be seen in early works such as Untitled (1962), which features a line from the poet Sappho, to later paintings such as Unititled (1994), which is subtitled Say Goodbye Catullus, to the Shores of Asia Minor and features references to Robert Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy, Keats, Catullus, Archilochus and Turner.

The Cy Twombly Gallery was commissioned by Dominique de Menil and opened in 1995. It serves as a sort of retrospective of the Twombly's career and includes a number of large canvases, sculptural works, and suites of paintings and drawings.

According to the New York Times, The cause of death was not immediately known, although Twombly had suffered from cancer.

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