Cy Twombly. Fifty Years of Works on Paper
Julie Sylvester, Simon Schama, Roland Barthes
Schrimer/Mosel, München, 2008 (fourth edition 2017)
Cy Twombly’s most personal and intimate work group, most of it from the artist’s private collection, is now available in an enlarged second edition. With a special dust jacket created by the artist for this new edition and essays by Simon Schama and Roland Barthes.
Cy Twombly is undoubtedly the most sensitive mind among the greats of contemporary art. His work finds its most personal expression in the small, intimately sized drawings which he has from the very outset produced by way of accompaniment to his paintings: they not only reflect all the stages in the development of his painterly oeuvre but essentially also transcend it. Our book covers the major retrospective which the Hermitage has organized to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the City of St. Petersburg. The eighty-four drawings on display here, most of them from the artist’s own collection, date from between 1953 and 2002 and thus embrace his entire oeuvre, from the early monotypes to the major mythological cycles of later years. This unique retrospective on fifty years of his marvelous drawings fully reveals just how fascinating Twombly’s aesthetic approach is and attests to his great talent for invention.