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Cy Twombly

Bacchus

November 2–December 24, 2005
980 Madison Avenue, New York

Cy Twombly: Bacchus Installation view

Cy Twombly: Bacchus

Installation view

Cy Twombly: Bacchus Installation view

Cy Twombly: Bacchus

Installation view

Cy Twombly: Bacchus Installation view

Cy Twombly: Bacchus

Installation view

About

Gagosian is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Cy Twombly. The exhibition is comprised of eight monumental paintings and one sculpture, all completed in 2005.

Fleshy grounds are violently activated with large, dripping loops of red oil paint. These compositions immediately recall the gestural force of Twombly’s Blackboard paintings from the mid-1960s and continue his ongoing search for universal truths locked away in the annals of myth and history.

The full title of the exhibition, Bacchus: Psilax and Mainomenos, refers to the opposing natures that constitute the character of the God of wine, pleasure, and festivities. On the one hand, Bacchus is Psilax (“psila” being Doric for wings), suggesting that he can uplift men and women, lightening their spirits. On the other hand, Bacchus can be Mainomenos: the crazed, violent God of Dionysian fury.