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Cy Twombly

Sculpture

September 30–December 21, 2019
Grosvenor Hill, London

Installation view Artwork © Cy Twombly Foundation. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view

Artwork © Cy Twombly Foundation. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view Artwork © Cy Twombly Foundation. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view

Artwork © Cy Twombly Foundation. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view Artwork © Cy Twombly Foundation. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view

Artwork © Cy Twombly Foundation. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view Artwork © Cy Twombly Foundation. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view

Artwork © Cy Twombly Foundation. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view Artwork © Cy Twombly Foundation. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view

Artwork © Cy Twombly Foundation. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view Artwork © Cy Twombly Foundation. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view

Artwork © Cy Twombly Foundation. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view Artwork © Cy Twombly Foundation. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view

Artwork © Cy Twombly Foundation. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view Artwork © Cy Twombly Foundation. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view

Artwork © Cy Twombly Foundation. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view Artwork © Cy Twombly Foundation. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view

Artwork © Cy Twombly Foundation. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view Artwork © Cy Twombly Foundation. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view

Artwork © Cy Twombly Foundation. Photo: Mike Bruce

Works Exhibited

Cy Twombly, Chariot of Triumph, 1990–98 Wood, paint, cloth, and nails, 42 ½ × 20 ⅞ × 74 ⅜ inches (108 × 53 × 189 cm)© Cy Twombly Foundation

Cy Twombly, Chariot of Triumph, 1990–98

Wood, paint, cloth, and nails, 42 ½ × 20 ⅞ × 74 ⅜ inches (108 × 53 × 189 cm)
© Cy Twombly Foundation

Cy Twombly, Untitled (St. Sebastian), 1998 Bronze, 50 ⅜ × 9 ⅛ × 7 ½ inches (128 × 23 × 19 cm), edition 1/3© Cy Twombly Foundation

Cy Twombly, Untitled (St. Sebastian), 1998

Bronze, 50 ⅜ × 9 ⅛ × 7 ½ inches (128 × 23 × 19 cm), edition 1/3
© Cy Twombly Foundation

Cy Twombly, Turkish Delight, 2000 Wood, plaster, acrylic, and brass, 45 ½ × 18 × 16 ½ inches (115.6 × 45.7 × 41.9 cm)© Cy Twombly Foundation

Cy Twombly, Turkish Delight, 2000

Wood, plaster, acrylic, and brass, 45 ½ × 18 × 16 ½ inches (115.6 × 45.7 × 41.9 cm)
© Cy Twombly Foundation

Cy Twombly, Untitled, 2002 Plaster, wood, paint, acrylic, and sand, 25 ⅝ × 9 ⅝ × 8 ¼ inches (65 × 24.5 × 20.8 cm)© Cy Twombly Foundation

Cy Twombly, Untitled, 2002

Plaster, wood, paint, acrylic, and sand, 25 ⅝ × 9 ⅝ × 8 ¼ inches (65 × 24.5 × 20.8 cm)
© Cy Twombly Foundation

Cy Twombly, Untitled, 2004 Bronze, 31 ⅞ × 15 ¼ × 11 ⅝ inches (81 × 38.5 × 29.5 cm), edition 4/6© Cy Twombly Foundation

Cy Twombly, Untitled, 2004

Bronze, 31 ⅞ × 15 ¼ × 11 ⅝ inches (81 × 38.5 × 29.5 cm), edition 4/6
© Cy Twombly Foundation

Cy Twombly, Untitled (Humpty Dumpty), 2004 Bronze, 28 ¾ × 19 ⅜ × 19 ⅜ inches (73 × 49 × 49 cm), edition 1/4© Cy Twombly Foundation

Cy Twombly, Untitled (Humpty Dumpty), 2004

Bronze, 28 ¾ × 19 ⅜ × 19 ⅜ inches (73 × 49 × 49 cm), edition 1/4
© Cy Twombly Foundation

Cy Twombly, Untitled, 2009 Bronze, 94 ¾ × 15 ⅞ × 12 ⅜ inches (240.4 × 40.3 × 31.5 cm), edition 2/3© Cy Twombly Foundation

Cy Twombly, Untitled, 2009

Bronze, 94 ¾ × 15 ⅞ × 12 ⅜ inches (240.4 × 40.3 × 31.5 cm), edition 2/3
© Cy Twombly Foundation

About

White paint is my marble.
—Cy Twombly

Gagosian is pleased to present an exhibition of Cy Twombly’s sculptures, in association with the Cy Twombly Foundation. The exhibition marks the publication of the second volume of the catalogue raisonné of sculptures, edited by Nicola Del Roscio, President of the Cy Twombly Foundation, and published by Schirmer/Mosel.

Twombly made his sculptures from found materials such as plaster, wood, and iron, as well as objects that he habitually used and handled in the studio. From 1946 onward, he created many assemblages, though they were rarely exhibited before the 1997 publication of the first volume of his catalogue raisonné. Often modest in scale, they embody his artistic language of handwritten glyphs and symbols, evoking narratives from antiquity and fragments of literature and poetry.

Many of Twombly’s sculptures are coated in white paint, which unifies and neutralizes the assembled materials and renders the newly formed object into a coherent whole. In referring to white paint as his “marble,” Twombly recalls traditions of Egyptian, Greek, and Roman sculpture while also subverting marble’s classical connotation of perfection through his roughly painted surfaces. The intimate scale of these works, together with their textural coats of paint, underscores their fundamentally haptic nature.

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Cy Twombly, Untitled, 2004 © Cy Twombly Foundation

Tour

Cy Twombly
Sculpture

Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 6:15pm
Gagosian, Grosvenor Hill, London

Join Gagosian for a tour of Cy Twombly: Sculpture, currently on view at Grosvenor Hill, London. The exhibition, presented in association with the Cy Twombly Foundation, marks the publication of the second volume of the catalogue raisonné of Twombly’s sculptures edited by Nicola Del Roscio and published by Schirmer/Mosel. Gagosian’s Alice Godwin will lead the tour, providing an overview of the materials, processes, and influences behind the artist’s sculptural works. To attend the free event, RSVP to londontours@gagosian.com. Space is limited.

Cy Twombly, Untitled, 2004 © Cy Twombly Foundation

Photo: Ben McKee

In Conversation

Edmund de Waal and Christine Kondoleon on Cy Twombly

Friday, October 4, 2019, 3pm
Regent’s Park, London
frieze.com

As part of the Frieze Masters Talks program, Edmund de Waal will discuss the work of Cy Twombly with Christine Kondoleon of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. De Waal has a particular affinity for Twombly’s ability to create works that are simultaneously personal and mythological, allowing narrative, language, and inner visions to erupt from his intimate, abstract notations. To attend the free event, register at the Frieze Masters auditorium desk the day of the talk.

Photo: Ben McKee

Cy Twombly, Îles des Saintes, Guadeloupe, 1979. Photo © Fondazione Nicola Del Roscio, courtesy Archives Nicola Del Roscio

Screening

Cy Twombly
Cy Dear

Friday, October 4, 2019, 6:30–8:30pm
National Portrait Gallery, London
www.npg.org.uk

Cy Dear (2018), a film that traces the life and work of Cy Twombly, will be screened at the National Portrait Gallery as part of the museum’s Friday Lates program. The documentary pays homage to the artist’s prolific career, looking closely at his work around the world and the different creative periods within his oeuvre. To attend the event, purchase tickets at www.npg.org.uk.

Cy Twombly, Îles des Saintes, Guadeloupe, 1979. Photo © Fondazione Nicola Del Roscio, courtesy Archives Nicola Del Roscio