Cy Twombly: Sculpture running at Gagosian Grosvenor Hill until 21st December, focuses on an underrated aspect of the master’s career. These unusual sculptures were made from mundane objects used by Twombly in his studio, and materials including wood, plaster and iron.
Often modest in scale, the pieces encapsulate Twombly’s creative language including handwritten glyphs and symbols, evoking narratives from antiquity and fragments of literature and poetry. The works also reference ancient artifacts Twombly personally encountered in his travels.
“Twombly used a classical motif to meditate upon universal concerns such as conflict, threat, and mortality.” Gagosian director and exhibition curator Mark Francis said about the meaning of these works.
Many of Twombly’s sculptures are coated in white paint, which unifies and neutralizes the assembled materials and renders the newly formed object into a coherent whole. In referring to white paint as his “marble,” Twombly recalls traditions of Egyptian, Greek, and Roman sculpture while also subverting marble’s classical connotation of perfection through his roughly painted surfaces.
The exhibition coincides with the publication of the second volume of the catalogue raisonné of sculptures, edited by Nicola Del Roscio, President of the Cy Twombly Foundation, and published by Schirmer/Mosel.