In tribute to the late Cy Twombly, Gagosian will present his last paintings, together with about a hundred of his photographs.
The eight untitled paintings are closely related to the Camino Real group that inaugurated Gagosian Paris in 2010. The inimitable, exuberant paintwork and bold, intense colors typify the freedom with which Twombly worked, never restricted to a single reference. Even in the face of his impending death, their elegiac power, vivid palette, and ardent gestures pulse with the energies of the new.
The intimate photographs range from early studio images taken in the 1950s to a group of landscapes taken in St. Barths in 2011. Since 2008, major exhibitions of the artist’s photographs have been held at Foam Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam; Museum Brandhorst, Munich; and the Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels; however, this is the first time that this lesser-known aspect of Twombly’s oeuvre has been presented in such depth in the United States.
Twombly remains one of the world’s most revered contemporary artists, whose central and ongoing relevance to the art of the present is attested to by a stream of recent survey exhibitions in leading international institutions. Since the opening of Larry Gagosian’s first gallery in New York in the mid-1980s, Twombly has been a cornerstone of Gagosian, where he made many exhibitions over the last twenty-five years. Each one was as surprising and memorable as the next, from The Bolsena Paintings (1990) to The Coronation of Sesostris (2001), Lepanto (2002), Bacchus (2005–06), A Scattering of Blossoms (2007), and The Rose (2009). Ten Paintings and a Sculpture (2004), Three Notes for Salalah (2008), Leaving Paphos Ringed with Waves (2009), and Camino Real (2010) inaugurated new galleries in London, Rome, Athens, and Paris respectively.
The Last Paintings opened in Los Angeles earlier this year and traveled to Hong Kong and London before coming to New York.
A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition, with essays by Achim Hochdörfer—curator of Cy Twombly: States of Mind at Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna (2009)—and curator Julie Sylvester, as well as a photo essay by Sally Mann. A fully illustrated catalogue of the photographs with an essay by Edmund de Waal, artist and author of The Hare with the Amber Eyes, is also available.
Cy Twombly: In Beauty it is finished
Mark Francis, director of the exhibition Cy Twombly: In Beauty it is finished, Drawings 1951–2008, describes the impetus for this expansive presentation, the source for its title, and details the stories of some of the works on view.
Cy Twombly: Coronation of Sesostris
Cy Twombly’s Coronation of Sesostris (2000) receives a closer look by Gagosian Director, Mark Francis. In this video, he discusses the history of the work, the myths and poetry embedded within it, and considers its lasting impact.
Katharina Grosse reflects on the work of Cy Twombly.
Olivier Berggruen and Mary Jacobus spoke about the works in the inaugural exhibition at Gagosian’s Grosvenor Hill outpost.
Treatise on the Veil: Cy Twombly at the Morgan
On the occasion of the Morgan Library and Museum’s exhibition of Cy Twombly’s monumental painting Treatise on the Veil (1970) and related drawings, Gagosian director Mark Francis speaks with Isabelle Dervaux, Acquavella Curator of Modern & Contemporary Drawings at the Morgan.
In Beauty it is finished: Drawings 1951–2008
March 8–April 25, 2018
West 21st Street, New York
Coronation of Sesostris
March 8–April 28, 2018
980 Madison Avenue, New York
May 25–July 29, 2017
Extended through April 22, 2017
December 1, 2016–April 22, 2017