Trieste, February 2020

“Graffiti is linear and it’s done with a pencil, and it’s like writing on walls. But [in my paintings] it’s more lyrical. In those beautiful early paintings like Academy, it’s graffiti but it’s something else, too. I don’t know how people ­react, but the feeling is more complicated, more elaborate. Graffiti is usually a protest – ink on walls – or has a reason for ­being naughty or aggressive.”
Cy Twombly, 2008, from an Interview with Nicholas Serota, The Guardian