The American artist Cy Twombly (1928-2011) was one of the most important artists of the second half of the twentieth century, with a complex oeuvre extending over six decades. This catalogue, edited by curator Jonas Storsve, accompanies a 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 characterised by the interweaving of text with his signature scrawled lines, to his final, vibrantly coloured, 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 his former assistant, archivist, companion and the president of the Cy Twombly Foundation, Nicola Del Roscio. Together these multiple voices bring Cy Twombly to life, illuminating his creative process and the humanity that underlies his work.
- Author: Jonas Storsve, head curator in the graphic arts department at the Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou.
- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Date published: February 2017
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-3944874616
- Product Dimensions: 28.0 x 28.0 cm