Cy Twombly. Drawings Catalogue Raisonné Volume I 1951-1955
Nicola del Roscio
Schirmer/Mosel, München & Gagosian Gallery, New York, 2011
Cy Twombly, born in Lexington, Virginia, in 1928, entered the stage of contemporary art with his drawings. His nervous line making distinguished him from all his colleagues who in the 50s and 60s were involved in Abstract Expressionism. His tumbling and nervous markings opened new psychological spaces to a personal and very conceptual art. At first mistaken for something between graffiti and ecriture automatique, Cy Twombly’s graphic notes eventually transformed into huge canvases of paintings in which he incorporated these notes as a maelstorm of emotional states. The Catalogue Raisonné of the Drawings and Sketchbooks edited by Nicola Del Roscio will be published in five volumes. The first volume contains the drawings of the years 1951 to 1955.