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Cy Twombly, 1928-2011

The world lost a giant of American painting with the recent passing of Cy Twombly.  We love the (ca. 1950s) photos on his bio website, taken by none other than his good friend Robert Rauschenberg.  Also be sure to read, if you haven’t already, the full obituary that originally appeared on the front page of The New York Times.

His own beautiful, painterly (did we expect anything else?) photographs can currently be seen on exhibit at the Lambert Collection in Avignon, France and, of course, in Houston; check out the Menil Collection’s gallery.  Designed by Renzo Piano, this amazing Menil “warehouse” is devoted solely to Twombly’s work.

Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center Design Unveiled

With seemingly nothing but bad news coming out of Greece these days, we thought it was time to celebrate a major cultural project that looks to be moving forward in Athens.  The design of the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center slated to be built on 42 acres of the new waterfront Stavros Niarchos Park in the southern part of the city.  Plans include a theater for the Greek National Opera, a smaller performance space, and a large library space to accommodate over two million books of the National Library.  Starchitect Renzo Piano first produced renderings for the site in 2009, and it looks like the final plan retains most of his original major concepts. Those worried about the economic feasibility of the plan should know that the Center is being built with private funds, although it will eventually become the property of the Greek government.