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William Kentridge, Drawing from Zeno Writing (2002) © 2009 William Kentridge

The first thing we see, on entering “Compass in Hand: Selections from the Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection,” at the Museum of Modern Art, is a large Cy Twombly: a confrontational tangle of red, orange, green, and ochre clusters and cascading drips of pink and red.[1] Visitors are drawn to the work—as the curators obviously intended them to be—but I’ve watched many of them study the Twombly closely and then look around them with puzzled expressions....


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