Cy Twombly

The Last Paintings
June 28 - August 11, 2012

Cy Twombly - The Last Paintings

"CY TWOMBLY: The Last Paintings"
Installation view

Photo by Martin Wong

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Opening reception: Thursday, June 28th, from 6:00 to 8:00pm


In tribute to the late Cy Twombly, Gagosian Gallery is proud to present his last paintings.

The eight untitled paintings are closely related to the Camino Real group that inaugurated Gagosian Paris in 2010. The inimitable, exuberant paintwork and bold, intense colors typify the freedom with which Twombly worked, never restricted to a single reference. Even in the face of his impending death, their elegiac power, vivid palette, and ardent gestures pulse with the energies of the new.

Twombly remains one of the world's most revered contemporary artists, whose central and ongoing relevance to the art of the present is attested to by a stream of recent survey exhibitions in leading international institutions. Since the opening of the first Gagosian Gallery in New York in the mid-eighties, Twombly has been a cornerstone of the gallery. He made many exhibitions there over the last twenty-five years, each one as surprising and memorable as the last, from the Bolsena Paintings (1990) to The Coronation of Sesostris (2001) to Lepanto (2002), Bacchus (2007), and The Rose (2009). Ten Sculptures and a Painting (2003), Three Notes for Salalah (2007), Leaving Paphos Ringed with Waves (2009), and Camino Real (2010) inaugurated new galleries in London, Rome, Athens, and Paris respectively.

This exhibition began in Los Angeles earlier this year. Following the Hong Kong exhibition, it will travel to Gagosian Gallery locations in London and New York throughout 2012.

A fully illustrated catalogue of the paintings accompanies the exhibition, with essays by Achim Hochdorfer, curator of "Cy Twombly: States of Mind" at Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien in 2009; curator Julie Sylvester, and a photo essay by Sally Mann. A fully illustrated catalogue of the photographs with an essay by Edmund de Waal, artist and author of The Hare with the Amber Eyes, is forthcoming.

Cy Twombly (1928-2011) was born in 1928 in Lexington, Virginia. He studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (1947-49); the Art Students League, New York (1950-51); and Black Mountain College, North Carolina (1951-52). In the mid-1950s, following travels in Europe and Africa, he emerged as a prominent figure among a group of artists working in New York that included Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns. In 1968, the Milwaukee Art Center mounted his first retrospective. This was followed by major retrospectives at the Kunsthaus Zürich (1987) travelling to Madrid, London and Paris; the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1994) (travelling to Houston, Los Angeles, and Berlin) and the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich (2006). In 1995, the Cy Twombly Gallery opened at The Menil Collection, Houston, exhibiting works made by the artist since 1954. The European retrospective "Cy Twombly: Cycles and Seasons" opened at the Tate Modern, London in June 2008, with subsequent versions at the Guggenheim Bilbao and the Museum of Modern Art in Rome in 2009. Recent exhibitions include "Cy Twombly: The Natural World, Selected Works 2000–2007," The Art Institute of Chicago (2009) and "Sensations of the Moment," the Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, (2009). In 2010, Twombly's permanent site-specific painting, Ceiling was unveiled in the Salle des Bronzes at the Musée du Louvre. At the same time he was made Chevalier of the Légion d'Honneur by the French government.

Twombly died last year in Rome, Italy.

For further information please contact the gallery at hongkong@gagosian.com or at +852.2151.0555.
 


2012 年 6 月 28 日至 8 月 11 日
開幕酒會: 6 月 28 日(星期四)下午 6 時到 8 時
為向剛辭世的 Cy Twombly 致敬,高古軒畫廊榮譽呈獻他輝煌藝術人生中暮年的畫作以及精選攝
影作品
是次展出的八幅無題繪畫,與 2010 年巴黎高古軒畫廊的揭幕作品 ”Camino Real” 系列關係密切 那
些精力充沛而無法仿傚的筆觸與大膽濃烈的色彩,標誌著 Twombly 作畫的自由奔放,絕不侷限於
單一風格 而面對咄咄逼近的死亡,前作悲哀的震撼、鮮活的色彩和激動的姿態,與新作的能量同
步躍動著
至今 Twombly 仍是世上最受尊崇的當代藝術家之一,近年多間大型國際展館接連舉辦他的考察
展,可見他對當今藝壇持久不斷的投入和專注 自從第一間高古軒畫廊八十年代中期於紐約開幕,
Twombly 已是畫廊的台柱,過去廿五年在此舉辦過多次展覽,每次都給觀眾帶來驚喜,令人珍惜
回 味 ,  包 括 ”Bolsena Paintings” (1990) 、 ”The Coronation of Sesotris” (2001) 、 ”Lepanto”
(2002)、”Bacchus” (2007) 與 ”The Rose” (2009) 而”Ten Sculptures and a Painting” (2003)、”Three
Notes for Salalah” (2007)、”Leaving Pathos Ringed with Waves” (2009)和”Camino Real” (2010)更分
別成為倫敦、羅馬、雅典及巴黎高古軒畫廊的開幕作品
本次展覽今年較早時於洛杉磯開始展出。香港展覽之後,本展覽將於倫敦及紐約高古軒畫廊巡迴
展出至 2012 年底 

伴隨著展覽的,是一份附詳盡解說的畫作目錄,由2009年維也納路德維希基金會現代藝術展覽館
(Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien) ”Cy Twombly: States of Mind” 之策展人阿歆霍多費
爾 (Achim Hochdorfer) 及策展人茱莉西爾維斯特 (Julie Sylvester) 撰文,莎莉曼恩 (Sally Mann) 作

影報導 而由《琥珀眼兔子》作者艾德蒙德瓦爾 (Edmund de Waal) 撰文,附詳盡解說的攝影目錄亦
快將登場
Cy Twombly  (1928–2011) 1928  年生於維珍尼亞州萊辛頓,曾就讀於波士頓美術館學院 (1947–
49)、紐約藝術學生聯盟 (1950–51) 及北卡羅來納州黑山學院(1951–52) 五十年代中期,遊歷過歐洲
和非洲之後,湯布利漸於一眾駐紐約藝術家中嶄露頭角,羅伯特羅森伯格(Robert Rauschenberg)
和賈斯培瓊斯(Jasper Johns)均在此列 1968 年,密爾瓦基藝術中心(the Milwaukee Art Centre)舉辦
了他的第一個回顧展,其後多個大型回顧展亦於各地陸續舉行,包括蘇黎世美術館(1987)(於馬德
里、倫敦和巴黎巡迴展出)、紐約現代美術館 (1994) (於休斯頓、洛杉磯和柏林巡迴展出)以及慕尼
黑現代博物館(2006) 1995年,Cy Twombly 畫廊於休斯頓 Menil Collection開幕,展示藝術家自1954
年以來的作品 在歐洲,”Cy Twombly: Cycles and Seasons” 回顧展2008年6月於倫敦泰特現代美術
館 (Tate Modern, London) 揭幕,隨後畢爾包古根漢美術館 (Guggenheim Bilbao) 及羅馬現代美術館
(Museum of Modern Art in Rome) 的版本亦相繼於2009年揭幕 近期展覽包括2009年芝加哥美術館
的”Cy Twombly: The Natural World, Selected Works 2000–2007” 及2009年維也納路德維希基金會
現代美術館 (the Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna) 的”Sensations of the Moment” 展
覽 2010年,湯布利為羅浮宮特別製作的永久繪畫”Ceiling”於青銅廳揭幕,同年他獲法國政府頒發
榮譽軍團勳章
湯布利去年於意大利羅馬逝世
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