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(1928 – 2011), USA

Cy Twombly Biography

Cy Twombly (1928–2011) was born in 1928 in Lexington, Virginia. He studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (1947–49); the Art Students League, New York (1950–51); and Black Mountain College, North Carolina (1951–52).

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In the mid-1950s, following travels in Europe and Africa, he emerged as a prominent figure among a group of artists working in New York that included Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns. In 1968, the Milwaukee Art Center mounted his first retrospective. This was followed by major retrospectives at the Kunsthaus Zürich (1987) travelling to Madrid, London and Paris; the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1994) (travelling to Houston, Los Angeles, and Berlin) and the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich (2006).

Twombly died in 2011 in Rome, Italy.

In 1995, the Cy Twombly Gallery opened at The Menil Collection, Houston, exhibiting works made by the artist since 1954. The European retrospective Cy Twombly: Cycles and Seasons opened at the Tate Modern, London in June 2008, with subsequent versions at the Guggenheim Bilbao and the Museum of Modern Art in Rome in 2009. Recent exhibitions include Cy Twombly: The Natural World, Selected Works 2000-2007, The Art Institute of Chicago (2009) and Sensations of the Moment, the Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, (2009). In 2010, Twombly’s permanent site-specific painting, Ceiling was unveiled in the Salle des Bronzes at the Musée du Louvre. At the same time he was made Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur by the French government.

Cy Twombly Featured Artworks

24 Short Pieces by Cy Twombly contemporary artwork
Cy Twombly24 Short Pieces, 1973House paint, crayon, pencil on paper, set of 24 drawings with one title page
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery

Cy Twombly Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Hong Kong Exchange at Gagosian, Hong Kong
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28 January–30 April 2021 Group Exhibition Hong Kong Exchange GagosianHong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, WORDS at Simon Lee Gallery, London
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10–31 July 2020 Group Exhibition WORDS Simon Lee GalleryLondon
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, WORDS at Simon Lee Gallery, Online Only, Hong Kong
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22 June–19 July 2020 Group Exhibition WORDS Simon Lee GalleryOnline Only

Cy Twombly Represented By

Cardi Gallery contemporary art gallery in Milan, Italy Cardi Gallery London, Milan
Gagosian contemporary art gallery in 980 Madison Avenue, New York, USA Gagosian New York, Athens, Beverly Hills, London, Paris, Le Bourget, Geneva, Basel, Rome, Hong Kong

Cy Twombly In Ocula Magazine

Matthew Armstrong on Collector Donald B. Marron Ocula Conversation Matthew Armstrong on Collector Donald B. Marron By Anna Dickie, New York

Private curator to Donald B. Marron for over two decades, Matthew Armstrong discusses working with the collector, reminiscing on the boyish enthusiasm Marron exuded when it came to art.​

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Cy Twombly In Related Press

Gagosian to go off-piste with first pop-up show during Art Basel Related Press Gagosian to go off-piste with first pop-up show during Art Basel 4 June 2019, The Art Newspaper

Last year, Gagosian introduced an innovative virtual online viewing room during Art Basel. This year, the gallery is creating another sales platform during the Swiss fair, this time taking a bricks and mortar approach with an off-site pop-up exhibition titled Continuing Abstraction (10—16 June).

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Painting’s Patriarchal Spirit Related Press Painting’s Patriarchal Spirit 20 October 2018, Hyperallergic

LONDON—In 1981, the Royal Academy of Arts in London put on an exhibition of 20 th century painting that changed the art world. A New Spirit in Painting was 'a manifesto,' the accompanying catalogue said; it showcased a set of contemporary, mostly European painters, whose work possessed qualities—figurative, narrative, emotional...

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How Cy Twombly spliced poetry into his art Related Press How Cy Twombly spliced poetry into his art 7 November 2016, Hyperallergic

In 1949, the artist Cy Twombly submitted a grant application to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts that included a recommendation letter from his sole art instructor at Washington and Lee University. “I feel that he will develop into a poet in paint,” volunteered the instructor then, “and that it will be a strong poetry as he is not...

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Paving The Way For Artists Related Press Paving The Way For Artists 10 December 2014, Lee Woo-young for the Korea Herald / 5 December 2014

On display in the private office of Lee Hyun-sook on the top floor of her gallery in Seoul are items from some of the most significant contemporary exhibitions in Korea over the last couple of years. The small space overlooking Gyeongbokgung Palace is ultramodern, with a sculpture by Anish Kapoor, a painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat and a glass...

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