Cy Twombly  (American, 1928-2011) 

Born in Lexington, Virginia, Cy Twombly (American, 1928–2011) belongs to the Post-Abstract Expressionist generation. He moved to New York in the early 1950s to attend the Art Students League, where he met artist Robert Rauschenberg (American, 1925–2008), who encouraged him to attend the Black Mountain College, then at the height of its influence. Inspired by the faculty and fellow students at these two institutions, Twombly’s early works draw on a gestural abstraction, similar to the work of Franz Kline (American, 1910–1962), but he quickly developed a personal graffiti-like style, laden with references to literature.

In 1957, after traveling around Europe, a stint the army, and briefly living in New York, Twombly settled permanently in Italy, which strengthened his engagement with classical literature, history, and mythology. He became most famous for his large-scale scribbled graffiti paintings, which blur the line between drawing and painting, though he also created a number of sculptures that frequently refer to mythology. For many years, Twombly was better known in Europe than in the United States, but today he is recognized worldwide as one of the most inventive painters of his generation.

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Cy Twombly, Ohne Titel (Leo Castelli 1967)


Cy Twombly
Ohne Titel (Leo Castelli 1967)
Auction: May 3, 2014
Dr. Andreas Sturies
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Cy Twombly, Untitled (from On the Bowery)


Cy Twombly
Untitled (from On the Bowery)

Auction: Apr 28, 2014
Phillips New York
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Cy Twombly, Five Greek Poets and a Philosopher


Cy Twombly
Five Greek Poets and a Philosopher
One Great Jones
Cy Twombly, Untitled


Cy Twombly
Hamburg Kennedy Photographs
Cy Twombly, Sans titre, (Venise)


Cy Twombly
Sans titre, (Venise)

Ma Galerie
Cy Twombly, Tilia Cordata


Cy Twombly
Tilia Cordata
circa 1975-1976

Susan Sheehan Gallery
Cy Twombly, Flowers (Gaeta)


Cy Twombly
Flowers (Gaeta)

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris
Cy Twombly, Note I


Cy Twombly
Note I

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris
Cy Twombly, Sans titre / Untitled (Captiva)


Cy Twombly
Sans titre / Untitled (Captiva)

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris
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Cy Twombly, Galleria del Leone


Cy Twombly
Galleria del Leone, 1962
ink on paper


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Cy Twombly, Gaeta Sets (set of 5)


Cy Twombly
Gaeta Sets (set of 5), 1987
photo lithograph


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Cy Twombly, Untitled


Cy Twombly
Untitled, 1958
oil-based house paint, color pencil and graphite on paper laid on canvas


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1928   Born: Lexington, VA
1948 - 1951   Attended School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Boston, MA
1948 - 1951   Attended Washington & Lee University, Lexington, VA
1951 - 1952   Art Students League, New York, NY. Black Mountain College. Beria, NC.
1952   Travelling Grant, The Richmond Art Museum
2001   Winner of the Leone d'Oro for Contemporary Art at the Venice Biennale
  American Academy, Institute of Arts and Letters
2013   Cy Twombly, On Paper, Galerie Karsten Greve Paris, Paris, France
2013   Turbulences II - Villa Empain - Boghossian Foundation, Brussels
Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection - Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL
Fenêtres, de la Renaissance à nos jours. Dürer, Monet, Magritte... - Fondation de l'Hermitage, Lausanne
De La Historia - Museo Guggenheim de Arte Moderno y Contemporáneo, Bilbao
2012   Cy Twombly The Last Paintings - Gagosian Gallery , New York City, NY
Cy Twombly - Photographs 1951–2010 - BOZAR - Palais des Beaux-Arts / Paleis voor Schone Kunsten, Brussels
2011   Museum Brandhorst, Munich (solo)
London, Dulwich Picture Gallery
2010   Musée du Louvre, Paris
2009   The Art Institute of Chicago (solo)
2008   Tate Modern, London, England (solo)
2007   Cy Twombly - Blooming. A Scattering of Blossoms and other Things, Yvon Lambert Collection – Musée d’ Art Contemporain, Avignon (solo)
2006   Cy Twombly - Neue Skulpturen, Alte Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (solo)
2005   Cy Twombly - 50 Years of Works on Paper, Whitney Museum, New York (solo)
Cy Twombly - 50 Years of Works on Paper, Menil Collection, Houston (solo)
Cy Twombly - Lepanto, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (solo)
2004   Cy Twombly. Serpentine Gallery, London (solo)
Cy Twombly- Drawing on 50. Centre Pompidou. Paris, France (solo)
2003   Cy Twombly. Fifty Years of Works on Paper. State Hermitage Museum. St. Petersburg. Travelled to Munich, Paris and London.
Cy Twombly. Gagosian Gallery. New York, NY (solo)
2002   Pinakothek der Moderne. Munich, Germany (solo)
2001   County Museum of Art. Los Angeles, CA (solo)
2000   Sprengel Museum. Hannover, CT (solo)
The Sculpture. Cy Twombly. Kunstmuseum. Basel. Travelled to Menil Collection, Houston. National Gallery, Washington (solo)
1998   Gagosian Gallery. Los Angeles, CA (solo)
1997   Galerie Karsten Greve. Cologne, Germany (solo)
Paintings, Sculptures, and Paper Works, Galerie Karsten Greve Cologne, Germany
1994   Retrospective, Museum of Modern Art New York, NY
1984   Retrospective of Paintings and Drawings, Kunsthalle Baden-Baden
1982   Retrospective of Sculptures, Museum Haus Lange Krefeld
1979   Comprehensive Retrospective of Works 1954-1977, Whitney Museum of American Art New York, NY
1977   Galerie Karsten Greve Cologne, Germany
1975   Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia, PA
1973   Retrospective, Kunsthalle Bern Switzerland and Munich, Germany
1968   Retrospective, Milwaukee Art Center Milwaukee, WI
1968   Nicholas Wilder Gallery Los Angeles, CA
1960   Leo Castelli Gallery New York
1958   La Tartaruga Rome, Italy
1951   Kootz Gallery New York
The Seven Stars Gallery Chicago, IL
  Museum Kurhaus Kleve, Kleve
  Museum Brandhorst, Munich
  Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich
  Museum der Stadt Ratingen, Ratingen
  Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen, Siegen
  Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran
  Terrae Motus, Caserta
  CAMeC - Centro de Arte Moderna e Contemporanea della Spezia, La Spezia
  Museo D'Arte Contemporanea Donna Regina - MADRE, Naples
  Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia
  Kawasaki City Museum, Kawasaki
  Iwaki City Art Museum, Iwaki
  Kawamura Memorial Museum of Art, Chiba
  Punta della Dogana - Francois Pinault Foundation, Venice
  Galleria Civica d´Arte Moderna e Contemporanea - GAM, Turin
  Centre Pompidou - Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris
  Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin
  Museum Ludwig, Cologne
  Kunstpalais Erlangen, Erlangen
  Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid
  Museo Guggenheim de Arte Moderno y Contemporáneo, Bilbao
  Museu d´Art Contemporani de Barcelona - MACBA, Barcelona
  Leeum - Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul
  Berardo Museum - Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art, Lisbon
  MUDAM - Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg
  Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz
  Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX
  Dia: Beacon, Beacon, NY
  Tate Modern, London (England)
  Tate Britain, London (England)
  Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich
  Daros Exhibitions, Zurich
  Museum für Gegenwartskunst - Emanuel Hoffmann-Stiftung, Basel
  Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel
  Dia Art Foundation: Chelsea, New York City, NY
  Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
  Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
  MOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
  Los Angeles County Museum of Art - LACMA, Los Angeles, CA
  Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO
  The Menil Collection, Houston, TX
  The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX
  Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA
  Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels
  Collection Lambert, Avignon
  The McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX
  Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT
  The RISD Museum - University of Rhode Island, Providence, RI
  Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
  Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY
  MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
  Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, NY
  Fisher Landau Center For Art, New York City, NY