Go See: Cy Twombly at Tate Modern, UK, through September 14

June 26th, 2008

Cy Twombly, Quattro Stagioni: Autunno, (1993-5) via Tate Modern

From June 19 – September 14, the Tate Modern presents the first solo retrospecitve of Cy Twombly in 15 years.  Twombly, an abstract expressionist painter, is regarded as one of the most influential artists of our time.

Cy Twombly at Tate UK [Tate Modern]
Cy Twombly at Tate Modern, London [Gagosian Gallery]
Cy Twombly – Cycles and Seasons [Digital Arts]
Tate Unites London, New York Versions Of Cy Twombly’s Great Painting Cycle [HulIQ]
Cy Twombly is the only graffiti artist I care about [Guardian UK]

Twombly, Muses (1963) via ArtNet

This show provides an overview of his work from the 1950’s to the present. He is well known for his large scale calligraphic graffiti style paintings, primarily using the colors tan, grey, or off white colors. He is known for blurring the line between drawing and painting.  Many of his paintings suggest of years and years of graffiti on the bathroom wall or someone practicing their cursive writing on a blackboard.

Twombly, Leda and The Swan (1962) via ArteAbstract

This show will also showcase the Four Seasons 1994-1995 from the Tate Collection, and the Four Seasons 1993-1994 from the MOMA. The Four Seasons also known as Quattro Stagioni are based on the cycle of the four seasons with Italian titles, Primavera, Estate, Autunno and Inverno.

Nicholas Serota, Director of the Tate said, “To be able to see these two great painting cycles together for the first time since they were parted in Twombly’s studio will create a moment of huge impact.  Uniting them will form the heart of the exhibition. We are very grateful to MoMA for helping to make this possible.”

Twombly, The Four Seasons Summer via Moma