is regarded as one of the foremost painters in the world today,
part of the generation of American artists who emerged after Abstract
Expressionism and paved the way for new kinds of painting.
born in Lexington, Virginia in 1928. He studied in Boston and New
York at the height of Abstract Expressionism, and at Black Mountain
College in North Carolina. Developing an interest in the automatic
techniques associated with the Surrealists, he incorporated dense
pencil scribbles onto the surfaces of his early paintings. These
graffiti-like scrawls subverted the calligraphic gestures of artists
like Jackson Pollock, while introducing elements of hesitancy and
fragility into Abstract Expressionism.
In the late
1950s he moved to Italy, signalling an important change in his work,
which was increasingly marked by his love of poetry, a fascination
for classical mythology and an engagement with the light and landscape
of the Mediterranean.
This exhibition traces Twombly’s painting and sculpture from
the 1950s to the present, giving special focus to discrete cycles
of work. Each series bears witness to both the time and place of
its making, showing the artist’s growth and development, but
also testifying to his deep commitment to the art of painting and
his concerns with the natural world, the seasons and the passing
Cycles and Seasons is curated by Nicholas Serota with Nicholas
Stagioni: Autunno, 1993-5. Courtesy of the artist.