Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection Audio Guide Playlist
This audio guide, introduced by Alice Pratt Brown Director Adam D. Weinberg, highlights a diverse range of works from the exhibition Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection. Artists John Baldessari, Gregory Crewdson, Eric Fischl, Jasper Johns, Glenn Ligon, and Mark Tansey provide additional commentary.
NARRATOR: An area of dark, drippy smudges anchors the bottom left of this canvas. From there, graphite scrawls and swooping white lines carry your eye on a diagonal upward to the right. More concentrated scribbles and dabs of pink and red paint at the center give way to the quiet, nearly empty space at the top right corner. Cy Twombly masterfully builds a composition from gestural marks.
Twombly often buries words within the layers of paint—fragments from ancient mythology, romantic poetry, and classical literature. At the top left of this canvas you can make out the phrase “a shadow of the dream,” which appears in the writings of both Shakespeare and John Keats. Just as the words are barely legible, their meaning remains out of grasp.
Twombly began this painting in 1964, returning to complete it twenty years later. The canvas reveals how his style changed over that time. The violent marks of the lower left give way layers of ethereal white paint, characteristic of his softer later style.
Twombly, who lived in Rome for many years, once explained that his densely layered images “evolved out of...a deeply aesthetic sense of eroded or ancient surfaces of time.”
- 400 Introduction to Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection
- 401 Ed Ruscha, The Act of Letting a Person into Your Home, 1983
- 402 Andy Warhol, Portrait of Emily Fisher Landau, 1984
- 403 Willem de Kooning, (no title), 1987
- 404 Cy Twombly, Untitled, 1964/84
- 405 Richard Prince, Man Crazy Nurse #3, 2003
- 406 Mark Tansey, Valley of Doubt, 1990
- 407 Andy Warhol, Myths, 1981
- 408 Agnes Martin, This Rain, 1960
- 409 Carl Andre, GAZETTEER, 1960
- 410 Rodney Graham, Oak, Banford, 1990
- 411 Allen Ruppersberg, The Gift and the Inheritance (Strive and Succeed), 1989
- 412 John Baldessari, What This Painting Aims To Do, 1967
- 413 Joseph Kosuth, Titled (Art as Idea as Idea), [self], 1967
- 414 Nan Goldin, Self-Portrait with Milagro, the Lodge, Belmont, MA 1988, 1988
- 415 Peter Hujar, Divine, 1975
- 416 Robert Mapplethorpe, Self-Portrait, 1988
- 417 Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Untitled (Love Letter from the War Front), 1988
- 418 Glenn Ligon, Son of a Role Model, 1990/91
- 419 Gregory Crewdson, Untitled (beckoning bus driver), 2001–02
- 420 Neil Jenney, Threat and Sanctuary, 1969
- 421 Eric Fischl, Emptying of the Estuary, 1993
- 422 Jenny Holzer, Under a Rock: You Spit on Them, 1989
- 423 Jasper Johns, Painting with Two Balls, 1971
- 424 Jasper Johns, Untitled, 1988
- 425 Keith Haring, Untitled, 1985