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Cy Twombly
Publication Information:
Munich [Germany] : Sieveking Verlag, [2017]
Physical Description:
317 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits ; 29 cm
Language Note:
Text in English; some text translated from the French and German.
General Note:
Catalog of an exhibition held at Centre Pompidou, Paris, November 30, 2016-April 24, 2017.

French edition published: Paris : Centre Pompidou, [2016]
The Centre Pompidou will present a major retrospective of the work of American artist Cy Twombly bringing together works from public and private collections around the world. The comprehensive showcase will be structured around three major cycles: Nine Discourses on Commodus, 1963, Fifty Days at Iliam, 1978, and Coronation of Sesostris, 2000, and will span the artist's entire career, from his first works in the early 1950s to his last paintings. Presented chronologically and featuring some 140 paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculptures, the exhibition will provide what the Centre Pompidou describes as a clear picture of an extraordinarily rich body of work which is both intellectual and sensual. In addition to emphasizing the importance of series and cycles in Twombly's practice, through which he reinvented history painting, the exhibition will also highlight the artist's close relationship with Paris.


Material Type
Shelf Number
Book N6537.T96A4 2017 1

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- Accompanies a vast, non-traveling retrospective at the Centre Pompidou (11/30/16-4/26/17) with works from public and private collections worldwide- Includes texts by notable scholars and art historians, writers, artists, and collectors- Features archival material and personal photographsThe American artist Cy Twombly (1928-2011) was one of the seminal artists of the second half of the twentieth century, with a complex oeuvre extending over six decades. His work brilliantly fused the legacy of American Abstract Expressionism with the intellectual rigor of classical European and Mediterranean culture, reflecting his extensive reading in history, classical literature, and mythology. This catalogue, edited by curator Jonas Storsve, accompanies a sweeping retrospective at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, one of the largest exhibitions on his work to date. Twombly's artistic development is traced through more than 200 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and photographs which span his entire career, including three major history painting cycles - Nine Discourses on Commodus (1963), Fifty Days at Iliam (1978), and Coronation of Sesostris (2000). From his early works at the beginning of the 1950s which were characterized by the interweaving of text with his signature scrawled lines, to his final, vibrantly colored, paintings, this survey underscores Twombly's career as a series of cycles in which he invented painting anew. Polyphonic in conception, Cy Twombly presents a range of views with essays that shed light on the various aspects and phases of his body of work. It includes reflections by contemporary artists (Sally Mann, Edmund de Waal, and Katharina Grosse, among others) as well as recollections by Twombly's assistant Nicola Del Roscio. Together these multiple voices bring Cy Twombly to life, illuminating his creative process and the humanity that underlies his work.

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Choice Review

The resurgence of interest in artist Cy Twombly (1928-2011) is reflected in this lavish volume, which is the catalogue for a retrospective exhibition of Twombly's paintings, sculpture, drawings, and photographs at the Centre Pompidou, Paris. Twombly's classical foundations and his historical sources are stressed. Each essay has a different character. Gallery owners, art historians, collectors, museum curators, and friends offer studies, reminiscences, and memories of the artist. Including 304 excellent color reproductions, an annotated chronology, photographs of the artist and his surroundings, and a list of solo exhibitions (1951-2016), this catalogue furthers understanding of Twombly and his work. Those interested in Twombly may wish to consult other recent work on him, for example, Mary Jacobus's Reading Cy Twombly: Poetry in Paint (CH, Mar'17, 54-3065); Richard Leeman's Cy Twombly (CH, Nov'05, 43-1359); Nela Pavlouskova's Cy Twombly: Late Paintings, 2003-2011 (CH, Oct'15, 53-0611); and The Essential Cy Twombly, ed. by Nicola Del Roscio (2014). Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals; general readers. --William L. Whitwell, Hollins College, formerly