Cy Towmbly: Sculpture is an exhibition of seven sculptures recently acquired from the artist’s collection, ranging in date from 1954 to 2005. These sculptures are the first by Twombly to enter the Museum’s collection. Twombly’s sculptures are an integral but little known aspect of his practice over the course of the last six decades. These works are generally made from found materials, plaster, wood, and white paint, and their humble origins remain readily evident in the finished works. Most are intimate in scale, because it is important to the artist that he be able to manipulate the works himself in the studio. The place where a work is made is significant for Twombly; he created the sculptures on display in studios in New York City, Rome, Naples, Florida, and Virginia over five decades, and in each place he has found the materials that make up each sculpture. The seven sculptures represent the full span of Twombly’s career, beginning with two of his few surviving sculptures of the 1950s: Untitled (Funerary Box for a Lime-Green Python) (1954) and Untitled (1955), which represent the beginning of Twombly’s sculptural activity and show a relationship to his painting at this pivotal moment in his work. The remaining sculptures were executed between 1976 and 2005, all representing different moments in Twombly’s explorations of the medium. Cy Twombly: Sculpture is organized by Ann Temkin, The Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art.
The exhibition is made possible by BNP Paribas.