The Sculptures of Cy Twombly at the Gagosian

The Sculptures of Cy Twombly at the Gagosian
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Plaster, iron, wood, all found in his studio and assembled to create various pieces, symbols that evoke ancient narratives and fragments of poetry, unified through white paint and transformed into “marble” sculptures that recall Egyptian, Greek and Roman statues. The sculptures of Cy Twombly are at the Gagosian for an exhibition dedicated entirely to the American painter, known for the way he blurred the line between painting and sculpture. Some of the work recalls architecture, geometry. Almost always painted white, the sculptures bear hand-scrawled inscriptions, graffiti-like, typical of the work of Twombly. Such as the phrase “feel all things in all ways”, from a poem by Álvaro de Campos (one of the pseudonyms of Fernando Pessoa), which suggests the legibility of the sculpture itself, placing the three-dimensional object like a surface to be worked on. Irregular pedestals, circular structures, vertical tables, rolled wood evoking headstones and cenotaphs, fetishes and other objects of private devotion.
Samantha De Martin - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London