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Cy Twombly

Coronation of Sesostris

March 8–April 28, 2018
980 Madison Avenue, New York

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Installation view Artwork © Cy Twombly Foundation. Photo: Rob McKeever

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Artwork © Cy Twombly Foundation. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Cy Twombly Foundation. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Cy Twombly Foundation. Photo: Rob McKeever

Works Exhibited

Cy Twombly, Coronation of Sesostris (Part V), 2000 Acrylic, wax crayon, and lead pencil on canvas, 81 × 61 ½ inches (206 × 156.5 cm)© Cy Twombly Foundation

Cy Twombly, Coronation of Sesostris (Part V), 2000

Acrylic, wax crayon, and lead pencil on canvas, 81 × 61 ½ inches (206 × 156.5 cm)
© Cy Twombly Foundation

About

The past is a springboard for me. . . . Ancient things are new things. Everything lives in the moment; that’s the only time it can live, but its influence can go on forever.
—Cy Twombly

Gagosian is pleased to present Coronation of Sesostris, Cy Twombly’s epic painting that was shown for the first time at Gagosian 980 Madison Avenue in 2000. The exhibition coincides with In Beauty it is finished: Drawings 1951–2008, at Gagosian 21st Street, the first career-spanning presentation of Twombly’s works on paper.

Coronation of Sesostris (2000) is a painting cycle in ten parts. Begun in Gaeta, Italy, and completed in Lexington, Virginia, it combines Twombly’s graphic inventiveness and poetic sense of history, rhythm, and elision.

In his Histories, Herodotus recounts the conquests of the Egyptian pharaoh Sesostris, who led an army northward overland to Asia Minor, fighting his way westward until he crossed into Europe, where he defeated the Scythians and Thracians. In Twombly’s interpretation, this war-making, world-building ancient figure is a given fantastical meta-narrative, depicted in the arc of a single blazing day in Egypt from sunrise to journey’s end.

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Cy Twombly: Coronation of Sesostris

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.

River Café menu with illustration by Ed Ruscha.

The River Café Cookbook

London’s River Café, a culinary mecca perched on a bend in the River Thames, celebrated its thirtieth anniversary in 2018. To celebrate this milestone and the publication of her cookbook River Café London, cofounder Ruth Rogers sat down with Derek Blasberg to discuss the famed restaurant’s allure.

Left: Sally Mann, Self-Portrait, 1974; right: Jenny Saville in her studio, c. 1990s.

Sally Mann and Jenny Saville

The two artists discuss being drawn to difficult subjects, the effects of motherhood on their practice, embracing chance, and their shared adoration of Cy Twombly.

The cover of the Fall 2019 Gagosian Quarterly magazine. Artwork by Nathaniel Mary Quinn

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Gagosian Quarterly Fall 2019

The Fall 2019 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring a detail from Sinking (2019) by Nathaniel Mary Quinn on its cover.

Glenstone Museum.

Intimate Grandeur: Glenstone Museum

Paul Goldberger tracks the evolution of Mitchell and Emily Rales’s Glenstone Museum in Potomac, Maryland. Set amid 230 acres of pristine landscape and housing a world-class collection of modern and contemporary art, this graceful complex of pavilions, designed by architects Thomas Phifer and Partners, opened to the public in the fall of 2018.

Cy Twombly: In Beauty it is finished

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.