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.
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