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Chalk by Joshua Rivkin


Chalk by Joshua Rivkin
Oct 16, 2018 | 496 Pages
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“The most substantive biography of the artist to date…propulsive, positive and persuasive.” —Holland Cotter, THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
“The book becomes a record of obsessive love without any outlet, dead ends, yearning — themes central to Twombly…[A] besotted, often very beautiful book.” —Parul Sehgal, THE NEW YORK TIMES
“Fascinating…this biography unveils for the first time the many complexities of Twombly’s artistic and personal life.”—Edward Goldman, KCRW’s Art Critic
“A long, haunted letter of unrequited love, and a meta-analysis of true biography’s impossibility.”—Catherine Lacey for the Paris Review 
“Meticulous…in clear, precise prose… Rivkin goes to great lengths to understand Twombly’s experience.”—ENTROPY
“[A] rewarding excavation into the life of Cy Twombly… rich prose studded with flashes of poetry… [a] patient, loving exploration.”—15 BYTES MAGAZINE
“A creative portal into the life of the enigmatic, reclusive, modernist painter… Rivkin’s first book—impeccably researched, lavishly and lovingly written, insightful and discerning—is a joy to read.” *starred* KIRKUS REVIEWS

“Rivkin brings his sensibility and prowess as a poet and essayist to this unusually reflective, stealthily dramatic inquiry into the enigmatic life and work of artist Cy Twombly… An extraordinarily involving, gorgeously written chronicle of art, controversy, fame, and the perils of biography.” —*starred* BOOKLIST
“A singular reading experience” —SHELF AWARENESS

“Reviled when young, revered when old, the elusive Twombly surprisingly emerges in this fascinating biography, which traces the difficulties of tracking down the man as thoroughly as it fills in the blurred, half-erased likeness. This is the record of a heroic journey of discovery.”  —acclaimed author and memoirist Edmund White

“Joshua Rivkin’s sensitive eye and investigative ambition expand and enrich our understanding of Cy Twombly’s genius in this tenderly rendered biography.” —Rachel Corbett, author of You Must Change Your Life

“So much more than a study of the life and work of the famously guarded Twombly. At once candid and tender, meditative and unsparing . . . this book is a gift to Twombly devotees and newcomers alike—as imbued with beauty, genius, and vitality as the artist’s work that is its subject.” —Lacy Johnson, author of The Other Side 
“Joshua Rivkin’s revelatory Chalk performs an archaeology of a life and explores the layers below those we think we already know (or maybe those we never even dreamed existed).” —R. Tripp Evans, author of Grant Wood: A Life

“This book is a network of glances, an architecture of mirrors and hallways, all in pursuit of a ‘figure in the carpet’—the mysterious Twombly and the haunting scrawl of his beautiful paintings.” —Alexander Nemerov, Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford University and author of Soulmaker: The Times of Lewis Hine

“Fascinating… this biography unveils for the first time the many complexities of Twombly’s artistic and personal life.” Eric Goldman, KCRW

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