Cy Twombly

Cy Twombly
Untitled (No. 53), detail, 1961
Oil pastel, graphite, ballpoint pen, and acrylic on paper.
49.5 x 69.2 cm
Cy Twombly
Untitled (No. 53), detail, 1961
Oil pastel, graphite, ballpoint pen, and acrylic on paper.
49.5 x 69.2 cm
Cy Twombly
Untitled (No. 53), 1961
Oil pastel, graphite, ballpoint pen, and acrylic on paper.
49.5 x 69.2 cm
Cy Twombly
Untitled (No. 53), 1961
Oil pastel, graphite, ballpoint pen, and acrylic on paper.
49.5 x 69.2 cm

Cy Twombly (born Virginia, 1928, died Italy, 2011) remains one of the most well-known and respected figures of the last century, and his contribution to the development of both the American and European schools of painting cannot be underestimated. Aside figures such as Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns, Twombly dominated the New York art scene of the 1940s with a return to figurative work, although his move to Rome in the late 1950s introduced a historical depth into his work which focused on Europe’s Greco-Roman heritage. Twombly’s work was the subject of continuous in depth exhibitions, such as his retrospectives at the Whitney, Kunsthaus Zurich and Tate Modern, and in 2010, he was made a Chevalier of the Légion d’honneur by the French Government.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2015
Kunstmuseum Basel Museum fur Gegenwartskunst, Basel: ‘Cy Twombly: Painting & Sculpture’
Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo: ‘Cy Twombly: Fifty Years of Works on Paper’

2014
Diocesan Museum, Gaeta, Italy: ‘Cy Twombly’

2013
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia: ‘Cy Twombly’

2011
Museum of Modern Art, New York: ‘Cy Twombly: Sculptures’

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles: ‘Cy Twombly Tribute: A Scattering of Blossoms & Other Things.’

2009
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago: ‘Cy Twombly: The Natural World. Selected Works’
Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna: ‘Cy Twombly: 'Sensations of the Moment’
National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rome: ‘Cy Twombly: Cycles and Seasons’

2008
Tate Modern, London: ‘Cy Twombly’

Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid: ‘Cy Twombly: Lepanto’

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao: ‘Cy Twombly: Retrospective’

2005
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston: ‘Cy Twombly: Lepanto’

2004
Centre Pompidou, Paris: ‘Cy Twombly’

2003
The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg: ‘Cy Twombly: Fifty Years of Works on Paper’
(travelled to The Pinakothek, Munich, The Pompidou, Paris, The Serpentine Gallery, London, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and the Menil Collection, Houston.)

The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg: ‘Cy Twombly’

2001
Italian Pavilion, Venice Biennale: ‘Cy Twombly: Lepanto’

1995
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston: ‘Untitled Paintings’

1985
Saatchi Gallery, London: ‘Cy Twombly’

1981
Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach: ‘Works on Paper 1954-1976’

1979
Whitney Museum of Art, New York: ‘Paintings and Drawings 1954 – 1977’

1976
Musee d’art modern de la Ville de Paris, Paris: ‘Drawings 1954 – 1976’

1975
Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania: ‘Paintings, Drawings, Constructions 1951 – 1974’
(travelled to San Francisco Museum of Art)

1965
Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld, Germany: ‘Cy Twombly’

Further Reading

Catalogues
Available at the gallery for reference.

Nichola del Roscio eds., The Essential Cy Twombly, Thames & Hudson, London 2014.
Nicholas Serota, Richard Shiff, Nicholas Cullinan and Tacita Dean, Cy Twombly: Cycles and Seasons, Tate Publication, London 2009.
Julie Sylvester and Simon Schama, Cy Twombly at the Hermitage: Fifty Years of Work on Paper, exh. cat., The State Hermitage Museum/ Schirmer Mosel, 2003.
Christos Joachimedes, Norman Rosenthal and Nicholas Serota, A New Spirit in Painting, exh. cat., Royal Academy of Arts, London 1981.
Roland Barthes, Cy Twombly: Paintings and Drawings 1954 – 1977, exh. cat., Whitney Museum of American Art, 1979.
Delehanty Ville, Suzanne and Heiner Bastian, Cy Twombly: Painting, Drawings, Constructions, 1951 – 1974, exh. cat., Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania 1975.

Articles
Jeffrey Weiss, “Review: Cy Twombly at the Tate Modern,” ArtForum, October 2008.
Paul Davies, “Not Everything is Bigger in Texas,” Modern Painters, June 2005.
Judd Tully, “Striking it Rich,” Art + Auction, May 2004.

Selected Public Collections

Solomon R. Guggenhiem Museum, New York.
Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Tate Modern, London.
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
Walker Art Centre, Minisota.
Dulwich Picture Gallery, London.
Broadhurst Museum, Munich.
The Louve, Abu Dubi.