Cy Twombly: Orpheus
This book was published on the occasion of the exhibition Cy Twombly: Orpheus at Gagosian, Paris. It highlights a selection of paintings and works on paper, dating between 1968 and 1979, that take as their subject the mythic figure of Orpheus, representing both the artist and the creative process itself.
Orpheus was the subject of Sonnets to Orpheus, a cycle of fifty-five poems written by Rainer Maria Rilke in 1922, as well as an inspiration for the French composer Pierre Henry’s musique concrète composition The Veil of Orpheus (1953), both of which greatly influenced Twombly. The bilingual (English/Italian) publication features texts by Giorgio Agamben and Gary D. Astrachan.