belongs to Cy Twombly’s Blackboards series, in which he drew whirling loops
in white crayon on gray painted canvases, reminiscent of schoolroom chalkboards.
The parallel rows of curving lines recall a child’s handwriting lessons, perhaps
implying that the artist is positioning himself as a student, not a master. Twombly’s
painting deemphasizes artistic skill as part of a broader challenge he posed to
the idea that the brushstroke is a unique, authentic trace of the artist. His
purposefully elementary graphic scribbles can be understood as undermining or
questioning the painted…