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Cy Twombly (American, 1928–2011)
LOT ID: 82362
Sarajevo, 1984

Lithograph, Aquatint Etching
35 х 24.5 in. (88.9 x 62.23 cm.)
Signed, with the initials "CT" and hand numbered from the edition of 150 by the artist, lower recto
Edition 150
Foundry/Publisher Pressing Company, Roma, prntr.; Visconti Art Spectrum, Wien, pub.
Lot description
The Yugoslavian Olympic Committee asked Twombly to make a print for the Winter Games of 1984. Twombly referenced the ancient origins of the games by using the same characteristic scrawl that he had previously used for his 1976 series "Six Latin Writers and Poets." It has been observed that Twombly's writing is like "a great and comprehensive memory of the Mediterranean, a firmament that reflects the recurring meridians of its myths and metamorphoses. The genesis of the antique culture of the Mediterranean pervades this universe of imagery...Twombly here achieves again and again: revitalizing the tracings of the hand, to write in archaic symbols a poetry of temptation and possession." (From an essay on Twombly entitled "Non Multa Sed Multim" by Roland Barthes, 1979)

Catalogue Raisonne note: The print was executed for the Yugoslavian Olympic Committee on the occasion of the Winter Games in Sarajevo
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