long goodbye…

An all-time favorite & friend of CUPtopia has passed away…Cy Twombly.

"Nini's Painting" from 1971 by Cy Twombly.

Lesson / Koan : Scribble something soon.

A national treasure is the only way to describe Cy.


Cy’s utopia was one of endless historic & imaginative character.

CUPtopia’s staff has referenced many of Cy Twombly’s works in classes of both design & writing, as a model of inner peace.

Cy Twombly with his painting "1994 Untitled (Say Goodbye Catullus, to the Shores of Asia Minor)," at the Menil Collection in Houston in 2005.


Cy’s work & outlook will continue to influence many students & teachers alike.

One who just couldn’t understand or appreciate Cy’s work was Donald Judd.  ( Read the following quote from Judd’s narrow criticism of Twombly’s 1964 exhibition at the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York. )

The artist and writer Donald Judd, who was hostile toward painting in general, was especially damning, calling the show a fiasco. “There are a few drips and splatters and an occasional pencil line,” he wrote in a review. “There isn’t anything to these paintings.”

Is it any wonder why Judd’s work is so popular still?…CUPtopia’s staff would argue that the words written by Mr. Judd in 1964 were truly a description of his own work, reflecting that lack of depth his sterile boxes embody.