Cy twombly, french barrette and the Tao in art life

from the cycle of life series

As above so below – created by Ted Barr

An older man with a French barrette stopped near me while I was viewing Cy Twombly’s works at the contemporary art museum in Berlin.

‘Eretz hakodesh’, he said

This means in Hebrew ‘the holy land’

There was a Hebrew sentence written on my shirt

We began talking about Cy Twombly’s works.

It symbolizes the Tao, he said

How is that, I inquired

The Tao is the Zen way to guide human beings through life, It says that everything flows, there are no real borders between human beings and nations, the borders are only in each human being mind. There is neither beginning nor end not happiness nor is sadness, there is no definite good as there is no definition for bad. The bad of today can turn to be the best of tomorrow.

But what has it all to do with Cy Twombly’s art works?

This, he pointed at a big white canvas with 3 green lines on it, is creating from emptiness.

What do you mean by emptiness?

it means forming a visual manifestation of what passes through the creator rather than what he is and what he feels at the moment.

Fullness carries all the weight of fears, inhibitions, moralities, believes, relations.

Emptiness is just a shade in the dark.

It is easy to detect Tao painters, they are not trying to impress, they are not trying to draw attention not to them nor to their art works, they are not trying to fill all the canvas sometimes one line is enough to explicit the entire artist’s journey.

Have Tao in your life

Ted Barr, Berlin, November  2012

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One thought on “Cy twombly, french barrette and the Tao in art life

  1. Nice to meet other people in a museum with thoughts about art and the meaning of art and above all, people who can point the essence of a piece of art linked to an overall view of mankind!

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