Cy Twombly by Kirk Varnedoe
A Retrospective

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In this volume, an extended essay by Kirk Varnedoe, Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, examines the artist's background and early education in Lexington, Virginia, and charts his study at the Boston Museum School, the Art Students League of New York, and the renowned, progressive Black Mountain College in North Carolina. Twombly's early contacts with both the modern European tradition and New York School painting are examined, and the emergence of his own distinct style in the mid-1950s is presented with a new clarity. More than fifty of the artist's most important paintings from all phases of his career are reproduced in color, including recent works never seen outside the studio and several important earlier works not previously published. A dozen sculptures, stretching from the artist's early assemblages of the 1940s through work of recent years, are also reproduced, as well as more than forty works on paper.
 

About Kirk Varnedoe

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Kirk Varnedoe, formerly chief curator of the Department of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, is professor of historical studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University.
 
Published September 1, 1994 by Museum of Modern Art. 175 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, History. Non-fiction

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American painter Cy Twombly, who has lived in Rome since 1957, embraces abstraction, figuration, writing and calligraphy in a seductive art of great expressive power and depth. In his canvases, turfs,

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In 1962, in a studio overlooking Campo de' Fiori in Rome, the city he had moved to in 1957 from America and which he still regards as his home, Cy Twombly made a painting that could have been construed as a calculated affront to - even a philistine rejection of - la Città Eterna with its magical ...

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Combining 187 plates, 94 in color, and an eloquent essay by Varnedoe, chief curator of painting and sculpture at New York City's Museum of Modern Art, this rewarding catalogue of a MOMA retrospective exhibition covers the full spectrum of Twombly's art, from spare white-on-gray paintings to fragi...

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