Cy Twombly: Ten Sculptures
This book was published on the occasion of the exhibition Cy Twombly: Ten Sculptures at Gagosian, 980 Madison Avenue, New York, the first exhibition in the United States devoted entirely to this important component of Twombly’s oeuvre.
Twombly’s sculptures usually consist of found objects combined with clay or plaster and are painted white to reinforce their unity of form. A small selection has also been cast in bronze, a process that, in their maker’s words, “abstracts the forms from the material.” The ten sculptures in this exhibition are all bronzes, finished in a chalky white patina reminiscent of the original paint. As David Sylvester notes in the accompanying essay, these objects suggest archaeological discoveries. “They carry the scars of growth and decay, of wear and tear,” he writes. “They have the look of fragile things that have come through. And they have the look too of the residue not of an individual life but of a culture.”
The publication documents the works in the exhibition in black-and-white photographs by Nicola Del Roscio, and features an essay by David Sylvester.