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Cy Twombly

United States (Lexington 1928 -  2011 ) Wikipedia® : Cy Twombly
TWOMBLY Cy Lepanto I

Christie's /Nov 1, 2016
45,766.59 - 64,073.23
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Cy Twombly - Untitled

Cy Twombly - Untitled

Original 1960
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Lot number: 130
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Cy Twombly UNTITLED 1928 - 2011 signed, dated Ischia Aug 1960 and inscribed Where is the Poet? graphite, wax crayon and pen on paper 19 5/8 by 27 5/8 in. 49.8 by 70.1 cm. Provenance Galleria La Tartaruga, Rome Harold Diamond, New York (acquired from the above by 1977) Acquavella Galleries, New York The Lone Star Foundation, Inc., New York (acquired from the above in January 1978) Dia Art Foundation (acquired from the above in August 1980) Sotheby's, New York, 14 November 2013, Lot 181 (consigned by the above) Acquired from the above sale by the present owner Literature Nicola Del Roscio, Cy Twombly Drawings, Catalogue Raisonné Volume 2: 1956-1960, Munich 2012, cat. no. 206, p. 248, illustrated in color Mary Jacobus, Reading Cy Twombly: Poetry in Paint, Princeton 2016, fig. 7.3, p. 190, illustrated (detail) Catalogue Note Among other doodles and pictographs (flowers, mists, clouds, and mountains), Twombly's horizontal grid seems to represent the formal constraints of the sonnet, or perhaps a schematic index of the poetry he was reading at the time. Farther down, at the grid's foot, is the question: "Where's the poet?"—not Twombly's question, but the title of an unfinished fragment by Keats, written in 1818 and never published in his lifetime: "Where's the poet? Show him! Show him! / Muses nine, that I may know him!" The ekphrastic question (how show the poet in art?) is repeated at lower right, above Twombly's signature, the place, and the date (Ischia, 1960)." Mary Jacobus, Reading Cy Twombly: Poetry in Paint, Princeton 2016, p. 190
Cy Twombly - The Portfolio

Cy Twombly - The Portfolio

Original 1967-70
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Lot number: 63
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Bonhams : Cy Twombly (American, 1928-2011) 11 Grey Paintings: Series I The portfolio, 1967-70, comprising the etching, on wove, signed and numbered 24/50 in pencil, together with eleven black and white offset lithographs of grey paintings mounted to board as issued, published by Addenda Editore, Rome, with the original white linen-covered slipcase, 290 x 195mm (11 3/8 x 7 5/8in)(PL); 505 x 410mm (19 7/8 x 16 1/8in)(folio)(2) 11 Grey Paintings: Series I (Bastian 35) The portfolio, 1967-70, comprising the etching, on wove, signed and numbered 24/50 in pencil, together with eleven black and white offset lithographs of grey paintings mounted to board as issued, published by Addenda Editore, Rome, with the original white linen-covered slipcase, 290 x 195mm (11 3/8 x 7 5/8in)(PL); 505 x 410mm (19 7/8 x 16 1/8in)(folio)(2)
Cy Twombly - Untitled

Cy Twombly - Untitled

Original 1970
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Lot number: 62
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Sale 2431 Lot 62 CY TWOMBLY Untitled. Offset color lithograph printed in black and gray, 1970. 313x425 mm; 12 3/8x16 3/4 inches, full margins. Initialed and numbered 223/250 in pen and black ink on the label verso. Published by Verein Progressiver Galerien, Cologne. A very good impression. Twombly (1928-2011) was born in Lexington, Virginia, to parents who hailed from New England. At the age of 12 he began taking art lessons with the Catalan Modernist painter Pierre Duara, who had relocated to Lexington for the duration of the war. From the late 1940s through the early 1950s, Twombly studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Art Students League, New York; and Black Mountain College in North Carolina, which at the time was the epicenter of the American avant-garde. During these years of schooling he came in contact with artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns and Robert Motherwell (who taught him at Black Mountain College). He fostered close relationships with some of his contemporaries (most notably Rauschenberg and Johns), but his acutely personal style meant that he was perpetually on the fringe of the art world. Twombly traveled to Europe and North Africa with Rauschenberg (with whom he was intimately involved at the time) in 1952, before being drafted to the army the following year. Twombly returned to New York after receiving a medical discharge and worked in a studio near Rauschenberg and Johns (the three artists would become known for breaking away from the ideals of Abstract Expressionism and adopting their own distinct styles). Between 1953 and 1957, Twombly was regularly showing at Stable Gallery in New York before switching to Leo Castelli Gallery. His work during this time was mainly black and white, notably influenced by Franz Kline. He sojourned again to Europe in 1957, and spent several months in Italy. Rome would remain his home base for the remainder of his life. Twombly's move to Italy wasn't simply a change of scenery, it was a distinct and deliberate turning away from New York, which had become an artistic epicenter due to the emergence of Abstract Expressionism. Rather than adopt the AbEx aspiration for an almost ahistorical viewpoint, Twombly's work was all-encompassing, embracing history, literature, language and setting, often combing words and images to evoke not only personal memories but a collective history. In Italy, his work became less gestural and more minimalist, as he was profoundly influenced by the Mediterranean light and the Classical history surrounding him. This image, which harkens to Twombly's celebrated "blackboard" paintings from the late 1960s/early 1970s, so-called for their resemblance to a classroom chalkboard, was published in support of Art Cologne, or the Kölner Kunstmarkt, an international contemporary art fair established in 1967 and regarded as the world's oldest art fair of its kind. Bastian 28
Cy Twombly - Lepanto I

Cy Twombly - Lepanto I

Original 1996
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Lot number: 307
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CY TWOMBLY (1928-2011) Lepanto I cardboard plate engraving printed as monoprint, on Japon paper, 1996, signed in pencil, numbered 6/10 (there were also four artist's proofs), published by Julie Sylvester for the Whitney Museum of Art, New York, with full margins, a soft diagonal crease in the lower margin, otherwise in good condition, framed Image: 28 ½ x 20 in. (724 x 508 mm.) Sheet: 39 x 24 ½ in. (991 x 622 mm.)
Cy Twombly - Untitled

Cy Twombly - Untitled

Original 1970
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Lot number: 242
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CY TWOMBLY - Untitled, 1970 Signed with initials and numbered 48/250 in ink on a label affixed to the reverse (there were also 30 artist's proofs in Roman numerals), published by Verein Progressiver Galerien, Köln, unframed. S. 12 1/2 x 16 7/8 in. (31.8 x 42.9 cm) Literature: Heiner Bastian 28 Offset lithograph in colors, on heavy wove paper, the full sheet, in the original paper folder.
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