DOES LIBERTY RADIATE INDEED?

 

It has been written that Twombly, once gotten to Rome, has lived and worked somewhat quietly there ever since , and this quiet being far away from America might be both foresight into the coming further sagging of the market to non-laborious, nonplussing works and Rome’s spell over any industry wish.

Otium  did increasingly untemper him because it no longer affected your status in this seven-fold city, umpteenth overrun and never acquired from the overrunners of the moment. Leopardi had led the wearying peculiarity of its greatness: Tutta la grandezza di Roma non serve ad altro che a moltiplicare le distanze, e il numero dei gradini che bisogna salire per trovare chiunque vogliate. Queste fabbriche immense, e queste strade per conseguenza interminabili, sono tanti spazi gittati fra gli uomini, invece d’esser spazi che contengano gli uomini   [ All the Rome’s greatness is of use for nothing but redoubling the distances, and the number of steps you have to go up to find whomever you are looking for. These immense edifices, and so these unending streets, are many rooms thrown among human beings instead of rooms which contain human beings ], but Twombly watched since his early days there this sparseness of the human substance in the vastness of the history superimpositions thoroughly serene.

West-Coast spoilt minority demanded symmetry and transplantations of classical items from John Elgin Woolf – and he supplied them willingly with his off-soil Regency: Twombly had to draw bandy lines on the canvas as to how he felt about the ancient habit of doing, trying, holding in honour the beautiful, and he learnt before long from the Italians’ refrain Sue me then  that justice would separate the daub from the art maybe in decades, however after his lionization, after his death.

If you judge such a drawing at random against the Renascence’s hands, you laugh: if you compare it with work by Action-Painting though guys or ersatz metaphysics of Supremacists, he is in a both underhand and lovably way way ahead of the kulchure game. Leopardi’s susceptibilty to the huge Roman intermissions might be thought to seep to a broad extent from the sombrenesses of a wrenching bachelorhood, while Twombly enjoys himself in never recording what is there, in giving his own signs no further duty but fouling a bit the white, in drawing in the dark, in waiting asthmaless and revoltless for the slow co-optation into the international jolly good system of museums.

If western man has become a cull by demand of conceit novelties unceasingly out-stripping truth’s and nature’s supply, it would be likewise sterile to look sourly at scores of half-empty house-painted wefts and to sue Twombly for inadequacy to our classical bequest. Overseas Editions, Inc.  printed straight in Italian in MCMXLIII a novel by Saroyan. Bombed and desected Italians might read in it the proper, reassuring nouns Omero , Ulisse , Itaca  - ah, those at-home-vowels at the end of the nouns! – dunked in the compulsory Rooseveltian honey of wordy equalitarism, general store pantheism, good sorts’ power of getting things done, the species disguised as family, the Germans’ minds ruled by microbes and the American lads by feeling, populism cribs and spirits-based optimism.

On the cover, Liberty’s torch gives off whites rays in a red sky. They would not even last out the war, and America would hurl at Italy its movie overproduction, its wall scribbles, its seasonal, liberal isms, Liberty being a style, not an enlighting woman. But letting art to fade to the merest restlessness of the hand, Twombly once more plots those graceful vowels at the tail of the Italian words, and in MCMLXX American culture can reach its vertex by his untitled twice written Duino  , once further on and bordered and once a bit closer and bolder.

In Saroyan’s novel  there are three ‘planes only, and they merely rumble roughly in the sky. Twombly will amuse himself with ships and oars as sparse as sunburst pecked at, not with airplanes, not even remotely deserving the admiration we feel for Cyril Power’s skill in staring the hell of air terrorism in its awesome dynamics since mid-Thirties with his Air Raid .

It’s grossly fair of the critics to become elated if an artist got his foresights right. It was abominable cunning of Saroyan to make dream the kids as they don’t, to unify forcedly in a sucrose mysticism men, who are overpoweringly indomitable from an only view and live on their own woof full of knots and nevertheless letting the nothing beneath to filter. If a poor Italian reader had ever had to fear an art worse than this representing one flying bike, it could only have been few years after then the many flying bikes put on by even dummier Zavattini.

Can art be about that is not going to happen without becoming depraved into front and fraud? Can art get over the blood and guts we consist in? According to the patient Panzini, L’arte segue la vita come l’ombra segue il corpo. L’arte è l’indice della meridiana e segna l’ora che passa. /Che importa se l’ombra scomparirà? Essa ha adempiuto al suo ufficio, ha fissato l’ora fuggente  [ Art follows life as shadow the body. Art is the pointer of the sun-dial: it follows the passing hour. What does it matter, if shadow will vanish? It has performed its function, it has appointed the flying hour ]. So it’s the worst token if an artist has got away wih throwing out from his work the workings in those Italian faces great allied democracies’ bombs ripped open.

Evver reminds us just how ghastly outliving could become, for an uniconic people, under those as-ethical-medicament-disguised bombs. Roma vinta XVII  [ Overcome Rome XVII, pyrography, crayons, plumbago, watercolours, eyeliners on bent cherry-wood, 32,4 centimetres in width, 44,5 in height (arcs) ] has more than one rusted ring of truth to their

 

KARL EVVER'S Roma Vinta XVII

 

 

 

affliction, to that waning Mars beyond the sapphire crystal of their best midday-sky. Italian republic would grow up bandy from this healthy dose of random terror, making an indecent living at honouring the winners and striking up a monody ill-lacquered with two-tone rocking of parliamentary toy.

The eagle by Evver is asymmetric as for the wings, and continues unbated to sow shafts: maybe they are the same Evver’s theologians keep on throwing upwards to no purpose. The butt of shellings was first the spirit of the nation, then her many bodies living together. Under this eagle Roman women didn’t pay for hair lasering, but praied for keeping their legs fit for running and escaping, as such an American bird of foreign prey was then and is still unable to keep its flies done up.

Gone are the past shapes of this spirit, and in their place is an all-but-new butting of knowing airs which dares to come along new tempered masons of nations, who’ll make folks about into better, more solid community stones.

When in his Evolutionary Tree to the Year 2000  Charles Jencks ascribes to the Un-self conscious   branchin its Eighties evolving these stigmas – geriatric, teeny bopper, erotic anti-fascist LSD, mood-control environments, leisure vulgar, guaran. income, decentralized, design by computer-light pen, super sprawl, third-world ghetto, rent-an-environment  - he’s wide marking the radicalisms’ involution in individuals’ break-up into environment, where only the consequences of artificial moods remind them world is broader than their release crazes.

All those samey, generic minds that  want to feel the self undo and ease away have been used for cheering universality as wondrous, meanwhile loathing heaps of fellow-countrymen, whole cross-sections of their nation, ancient, rooted truths. Their controlled mood, closed to real world, has carried each time in seed every crusade of nonsense that has happened in western looseness since American radiating eagle has cauterized every living bud in Europe. The German one had hardly scorched our lands, and didn’t disguised  herself as illuminating maiden.

 

back to homepage