My Personal Experience With A Cy Twombly Artwork Part 2
Although I was not immediately attracted to this painting it did have an effect on me and evoked a response on both an intellectual and emotional level. Questions and thoughts began to form in my head which required me to contemplate, dissect and critique this artwork in order to fulfill my desire to understand and interact with this artwork.
One of the most important points in relation to this artwork is that it didn’t give everything away when I first viewed it, instead it made an impact (even though it was mostly negative) by leaving me with unanswered questions and unsatisfied with my first interaction. I was therefore in a position where I had to instigate further interactions in order to resolve the conflict and tension that this painting had created.
I did not come to like this painting because I began to find it visually appealing, it was because of what lay beneath. The interaction, emotions, thoughts and reaction that it evoked in me caused me to feel a sense of satisfaction in having eventually been successful in understanding and interacting with this painting. It also continues to constantly reveal more and more of its self to me causing the interaction to evolve.
So as you can see the reason I now really like this painting is because of the way it causes interaction with the viewer (being me) and involves the viewer in a way that feels like you are unwrapping a present with an infinite number of layers in-between which one finds a small gift that provides enough excitement and interest to make you want to continue to unwrap the layers to get to the big gift.
So how then does this relate to the art market?? Well you will have to wait till next time to find out. TO BE CONTINUED……….
**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of artmarketblog.com, writes the art column for the magazine Antiques and Collectibles for Pleasure and Profit and contributes to many other publications.