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Cy Twombly

Coronation of Sesostris

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

Installation video

Installation video

Installation view 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

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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