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Cy Twombly

Lepanto

January 19–February 23, 2002
555 West 24th Street, New York

Installation view © Cy Twombly Foundation

Installation view

© Cy Twombly Foundation

Installation view © Cy Twombly Foundation

Installation view

© Cy Twombly Foundation

Works Exhibited

Cy Twombly, Lepanto (Part II), 2001 Acrylic, wax crayon, and pencil on canvas, 85 ½ × 123 inches (217.2 × 312.4 cm)© Cy Twombly Foundation

Cy Twombly, Lepanto (Part II), 2001

Acrylic, wax crayon, and pencil on canvas, 85 ½ × 123 inches (217.2 × 312.4 cm)
© Cy Twombly Foundation

Cy Twombly, Lepanto (Part IV), 2001 Acrylic, wax crayon, and graphite on canvas, 85 ¼ × 122 ¾ inches (216.5 × 311.8 cm)© Cy Twombly Foundation

Cy Twombly, Lepanto (Part IV), 2001

Acrylic, wax crayon, and graphite on canvas, 85 ¼ × 122 ¾ inches (216.5 × 311.8 cm)
© Cy Twombly Foundation

Cy Twombly, Lepanto (Part VII), 2001 Acrylic and wax crayon on canvas, 85 ¼ × 134 inches (216.5 × 340.4 cm)© Cy Twombly Foundation

Cy Twombly, Lepanto (Part VII), 2001

Acrylic and wax crayon on canvas, 85 ¼ × 134 inches (216.5 × 340.4 cm)
© Cy Twombly Foundation

About

Gagosian is pleased to present an exhibition of paintings by Cy Twombly. Lepanto, a painting in twelve parts, was first exhibited at the 49th Biennale di Venezia in the summer of 2001.

This suite of paintings depicts the famous sixteenth-century sea battle of the combined European forces under Venetian leadership against the Ottoman invasion. The glorious sequence of panels is to be absorbed as a single image, a panoramic portrayal of war on a heroic scale where the viewer stands in the midst of the battle through to the destruction by fire of the Turkish fleet.

Richard Howard writes in the exhibition catalogue:

As grim and sometimes uproarious as the panels are, their cumulative effect, as we move among them, or step back to take in the whole sequence as a single image, is one of luminous intensity. We witness historical evidence through a personal meditation on tragedy. Certainly Lepanto is an accounting, but not a final summing up. We are still, with Twombly, in the thick of the fight.

A fully illustrated catalogue with essays by Richard Howard and Kirk Varnedoe will accompany the exhibition.