Cy Twombly - Modern and Contemporary Editions New York Sunday, November 15, 2009 | Phillips

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    Cy Twombly

    American • 1928 - 2011

    Cy Twombly emerged in the mid-1950s alongside New York artists Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg. While at first developing a graffiti-like style influenced by Abstract Expressionist automatism–having notably studied under Franz Kline and Robert Motherwell at the legendary Black Mountain College between 1951 and 1952–Twombly was a prominent figure in the new generation of artists that challenged the abstract orthodoxy of the New York School. Twombly developed a highly unique pictorial language that found its purest expression upon his life-defining move to Rome in 1957. Simultaneously invoking classical history, poetry, mythology and his own contemporary lived experience, Twombly's visual idiom is distinguished by a remarkable vocabulary of signs and marks and the fusion of word and text. 

    Cy Twombly produced graffiti-like paintings that were inspired by the work of Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock and Robert Motherwell. His gestural forms of lines, drips and splattering were at first not well-received, but the artist later became known as the leader of the estrangement from the Abstract Expressionism movement. Full of energy and rawness, Twombly's pieces are reminiscent of childhood sketches and reveal his inspiration from mythology and poetry.

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11 Grey Paintings portfolio

Eleven offset lithographs in colors, on wove paper mounted to board (as issued), with full margins,
20 x 16 1/4 in. (50.8 x 41.3 cm)
signed on the case in pencil, from the edition of 100 (there were also 4 artist's proofs), published by Addenda Editore, Rome, soiling in the margins (particularly the left), pale time staining, otherwise in good condition, contained in original case (soiling and staining throughout), lacking the original etching.

$1,200 - 1,500 

Sold for $3,125

Modern and Contemporary Editions

15 Nov 2009
New York