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Cy Twombly

In Beauty it is finished: Drawings 1951–2008

March 8–April 25, 2018
West 21st Street, 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

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

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

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

Installation view

Artwork © Cy Twombly Foundation. Photo: Rob McKeever

Works Exhibited

Cy Twombly, Untitled (In Beauty it is finished), 1983–2002 (detail) Acrylic, wax crayon, pencil, and pen on handmade paper in unbound handmade book, 36 pages, each page: 22 ⅜ × 15 ¾ inches (56.8 × 40 cm)© Cy Twombly Foundation

Cy Twombly, Untitled (In Beauty it is finished), 1983–2002 (detail)

Acrylic, wax crayon, pencil, and pen on handmade paper in unbound handmade book, 36 pages, each page: 22 ⅜ × 15 ¾ inches (56.8 × 40 cm)
© Cy Twombly Foundation

Cy Twombly, Untitled, 2001 Acrylic, wax crayon, and cut-and-pasted paper on paper, 48 ⅞ × 39 inches (124 × 99 cm)© Cy Twombly Foundation. Photo: Rob McKeever

Cy Twombly, Untitled, 2001

Acrylic, wax crayon, and cut-and-pasted paper on paper, 48 ⅞ × 39 inches (124 × 99 cm)
© Cy Twombly Foundation. Photo: Rob McKeever

Cy Twombly, Untitled (Gaeta), 1990 Acrylic, wax crayon, and pencil on handmade paper, 30 ⅝ × 21 ⅝ inches (77.8 × 54.8 cm)© Cy Twombly Foundation

Cy Twombly, Untitled (Gaeta), 1990

Acrylic, wax crayon, and pencil on handmade paper, 30 ⅝ × 21 ⅝ inches (77.8 × 54.8 cm)
© Cy Twombly Foundation

Cy Twombly, Untitled (Gaeta), 1989 Acrylic and tempera on paper mounted on wood panel, 80 × 58 ⅝ inches (203.2 × 148.9 cm)© Cy Twombly Foundation

Cy Twombly, Untitled (Gaeta), 1989

Acrylic and tempera on paper mounted on wood panel, 80 × 58 ⅝ inches (203.2 × 148.9 cm)
© Cy Twombly Foundation

Cy Twombly, Untitled, 1970 Oil and wax crayon on paper, 27 ⅝ × 34 ¼ inches (70 × 87 cm)© Cy Twombly Foundation

Cy Twombly, Untitled, 1970

Oil and wax crayon on paper, 27 ⅝ × 34 ¼ inches (70 × 87 cm)
© Cy Twombly Foundation

Cy Twombly, Untitled, 1969 Oil and wax crayon on paper, 27 ⅝ × 34 ¼ inches (70 × 87 cm)© Cy Twombly Foundation

Cy Twombly, Untitled, 1969

Oil and wax crayon on paper, 27 ⅝ × 34 ¼ inches (70 × 87 cm)
© Cy Twombly Foundation

Cy Twombly, Untitled, 1954 Gouache, wax crayon, and colored pencil on paper, 19 ⅛ × 25 ¼ inches (48.5 × 64 cm)© Cy Twombly Foundation

Cy Twombly, Untitled, 1954

Gouache, wax crayon, and colored pencil on paper, 19 ⅛ × 25 ¼ inches (48.5 × 64 cm)
© Cy Twombly Foundation

About

The image cannot be dispossessed of a primordial freshness which ideas can never claim.
—John Crowe Ransom, The World’s Body (1938)

Gagosian is pleased to present the first career-spanning exhibition of drawings and works on paper by Cy Twombly, organized in association with the Cy Twombly Foundation.

The exhibition marks the completion of the Cy Twombly: Catalogue Raisonné of Drawings, with the eighth and final volume. Edited by Nicola Del Roscio, president of the Cy Twombly Foundation, the catalogue raisonné is published by Schirmer/Mosel with the support of the Cy Twombly Foundation. The catalogue’s first volume was published in 2011.

Throughout his career, Twombly sustained an active engagement with drawing, gesture, and making marks on paper. His urgent, meandering lines embody the intimate energies that carry over into his paintings, sculptures, and photographs. Despite their enigmatic qualities, Twombly’s drawings are strikingly articulate in their rhythm, line, and allusions. At once economical and deeply sensual, they contain a timeless language, mediating between ancient and modern culture.

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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.

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

Now available
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: 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.