John Waters on Cy Twombly. . .and Happy Spring


The C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College, of which I’m a board member, and the National Portrait Gallery are sponsoring an afternoon discussion today with filmmaker John Waters.
Waters will reflect on Cy Twombly’s “Letter of Resignation.”
I’m going to be there — and while on my way there (and back) am thinking about Barack Obama’s greetings to Iran and Ayatollah Khamenei’s response back. I don’t want to offer a simple salute to Obama for the positive and constructive tone of his greetings.
More needs to be said — but it will be posted later.
Enjoy the first days of Spring.
— Steve Clemons


3 comments on “John Waters on Cy Twombly. . .and Happy Spring

  1. anna missed says:

    Well, that ought to be interesting, one the most overrated cult artist praising one the most underrated cult artist – or one the least celebrated, in Twombly’s case.
    In the same vein and even more uncelebrated though, is the New Zealand artist Colin McCahon


  2. jon says:

    Waters on Twobly should be fascinating. TWo strangers in
    strange lands, doing remarkable work. I hope you will fill us in.
    As for Obama’s opening to Iran, it gives you hope that progress
    might replace posturing. Fortunately, hopefulness does not
    require you to make any bargain, irregardless of the cost. Iran’s
    position is vastly superior to what it had been prior to Bush’s
    decision to invade Iraq. But there are circumstances where the
    US and Iran can aid each other and where their objectives align,
    and level heads may be able to make something of these
    opportunities to the benefit of both countries.
    Obama has extended a palm branch. it will take a while to see
    what the Iranian’s do, and what fruit it might bear. In the
    meantime, it undercuts their Great Satan rhetoric and might
    improve the chances of a moderate government being elected


  3. Joe M. says:

    You may be excited about Obama’s empty message to Iran. But to quote the response of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, “Change only in words is not enough.”


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