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  • Writer's pictureSegolene Py

Cy Twombly, Sculptures at the Gagosian gallery

On the occasion of the publication of the second catalogue raisonné on Cy Twombly's sculptures, the Gagosian, Grosvernor hill, presents an #exhibition of his sculpture from 1977 to 2009.

Edwin Parker “Cy” Twombly was an American #painter, #photographer and #sculptor born in Virginia in 1928. He is mostly known for his large-scaled calligraphic/graffiti-like paintings, but has also a significant part in the art world as a sculptor. He worked alongside and with great artists such as Robert #Rauschenberg and Jasper #Johns, and Twombly became a leading figure in his own style and practice. He was fascinated by tribal art and #primitivism, movement which reflected in his gestural way of painting and early sculptures. Although he did not practice sculpture a lot in his early day as an artist, until 1959, he realised a few that were made from found objects from his own studio or during his travels in #Europe and North #Africa.

The 1970s were an emotional period for Twombly as his wife died in 1971. He began to produce more painting with gray backgrounds and notably produced the series Nini's painting, in her memory, Nini Pirendello.

It is in 1976 that he started to creating sculptures again. This exhibition focuses on this period of his life. His works in this exhibition are made from found objects, mainly made of #wood, #plaster, #bronze and #acrylic, that he would paint over with oil painting or pigments. Most of them are painted in white which can remind of a Classical and sculptural style. He called this “white paint” his “marble”. It gives the objects gathered in the sculptures a unified tone and an impression that the media used are the same.

About the gallery

Grosvernor Hill

20 Grosvenor Hill

London w1k 3qd

Britannia Street

6–24 Britannia Street London wc1x 9jd

Established in 1980 by Larry Gagosian, the Gagosian galleries are scattered around the world. Indeed there are 18 different spaces in the United States, Europe and Asia. It was the first gallery to produce its own publications in 1985. From artist books, monographs to catalogues raisonnés, Gagosian produced over 500 hundreds books challenging other art publishers in their production.

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