Cy Twombly

1928 · United States

Artist biography

Cy Twombly is seen as an established artist, who was born and brought up in the United States. Cy Twombly was born in 1928. Also born in the United States around 1928 and of the same generation are Ray Harryhausen, Gene Davis, Diane Arbus, Ellsworth Kelly and Roy Lichenstein.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Cy Twombly's work is available on display in 23 galleries listed on Artland. Some of those galleries are Bastian | London, Sims Reed Gallery, as well as Luxembourg & Dayan | London in the United Kingdom. Cy Twombly most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Galerie Bastian in Berlin with the exhibition TEFAF New York Spring 2017. The exhibition was open from 04 May 2017 until 08 May 2017. Cy Twombly's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; The Tissue of Memory (12 September 2018 - 10 November 2018) at Simon Lee | New York in the United States and Colore non colore (18 October 2018 - 17 November 2018) at Valentina Bonomo Roma in Italy. Cy Twombly's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called TEFAF New York Spring 2017 and took place at Galerie Bastian in Berlin, Germany from the 04 May 2017 to 08 May 2017.

Cy Twombly in private collections

Cy Twombly's works can be seen in FlorianHolzner collection on Artland. This collection also contains works by renowned artists Hur Kyung-Ae, Qafar Rzayev, and Jesús Herrera Martínez.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been a major country in the evolution of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, particularly in the post war era, when the cultural status of New York assumed primacy over Paris, formerly considered as the most powerful art centre worldwide. Major art movements developed and fostered in significant ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in diverse forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast branches, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus a multitude of post-modern echoes of these many types. In the modern and contemporary era, the United States has exercised a prevailing influence upon the worldwide visual culture, due to the authority of its economic and political systems. Key examples of world renowned U.S artists of the modern and contemporary period include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Further Biographical Context for Cy Twombly

Born in 1928, Cy Twombly was primarily inspired by the 1930s. The period of the 1930s is epitomised by the clashing of many political ideologies, including Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism. Artistic output in the United States was heavily impacted at the time by the Great Depression, and a number of artists took to focusing on ideas of humbleness and the ordinary man. For the first time in US history, artists began to delve into political subjects and attempted to use their art to impact society. Topics such as poverty, lack of affordable housing, anti-lynching, anti-fascism, and workers' strikes were prevalent in many artists’ work.

Cy Twombly

  • Artworks in Collections 3
  • Exhibitions 24

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