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July 23, 2007

'Scuse me while I kiss this $2.7 million Twombly


Who knows, perhaps those were the words running through the crazed mind of Cambodian-born French artist Sam Rindy, who "said she was so overcome by the 9-by-6 foot work that she had to kiss it."

The Daily Mail story follows.

    Art lover faces charges for kissing £1m painting at French museum

    A painting by American artist Cy Twombly [pictured above in front of one of his paintings — not the one kissed] was damaged when a woman kissed it while wearing red lipstick.

    Charges have been brought against a woman who allegedly kissed a painting by American artist Cy Twombly, smudging the bone-white canvas with her lipstick, French judicial officials said.

    Police arrested the woman after she allegedly kissed the work on Thursday.

    She is to be tried in an Avignon court on August 16 for "damage to a work of art," judicial officials said.

    The painting, which is worth an estimated £1 million, was on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art in the southern French city of Avignon.

    It is part of an exhibition slated to run at the museum through September 30.

    Born in Lexington, Virginia, in 1928, Twombly has lived in Italy for nearly half a century.

    He won the prestigious Golden Lion award at the Venice Biennale in 2001.


Here's Lawrence Van Gelder's take on the episode, in today's New York Times "Arts, Briefly" column.

    Kiss for a Twombly Is a Case for the Police

    Sometimes a kiss is just a kiss, but on other occasions — as when lips meet a painting valued at $2.7 million — a kiss could be a crime. That is why Sam Rindy, 30, a Cambodian-born French artist, will have to appear in court to face charges of criminal damage, Agence France-Presse reported. Ms. Rindy left the imprint of her lipstick on the otherwise immaculate white canvas that is an untitled work by the American artist Cy Twombly at “Blooming,” an exhibition of his works running until Sept. 30 at the Collection Lambert in Avignon, France. Ms. Rindy said she was so overcome by the 9-by-6-foot work that she had to kiss it. “I stepped back,” she said. “I found the painting even more beautiful. The artist left this white for me.” The police were summoned, and Ms. Rindy was arrested as she left the premises. She has a date in court on Aug. 16.



The Stendhal syndrome is one thing but this latest interactive iteration is ridiculous.

If I were Twombly I'd turn things upside down and give the woman the painting when she appears in court next month.


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Wow, I pictured Cy still dark haired; I forgot we are all getting older...he is one of my fave artists. I did one painting which is an homage to him. He is lovely.
She is an idiot posing as an "artist" wanting to get her name out there... BAD WAY to do it, very disrespectful of her.

Posted by: JO Varney | Aug 2, 2007 7:19:38 PM

The price just jumped, to 4.8 Million. Just watch and see!

Posted by: dbone | Jul 31, 2007 1:20:21 PM

bet you she has OCD. that happens in museums

Posted by: | Jul 31, 2007 9:42:16 AM

Love the story..Love the title...So original

Posted by: Chicanduntroubled | Jul 25, 2007 8:23:15 PM

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