Location: 200 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd. I Richmond, Virginia 23220, U.S.A
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is excited to announce the exhibition Cy Twombly, Morocco, 1952/1953 featuring early works by the celebrated artist’s travels to North Africa. This exhibition is on view now through January 7, 2024. Admission is free. Visitors to the exhibition will explore Twombly’s affinity for Morocco through his sketches, photographs, and paintings, as well as his letters and other archival materials from VMFA’s Margaret R. and Robert M. Freeman Library. Cy Twombly, Morocco, 1952/1953 is curated by Nicola Del Roscio and presented in partnership with the Cy Twombly Foundation and the Fondazione Nicola Del Roscio. The exhibition was previously on view at the Musée Yves Saint Laurent in Marrakech, Morocco, and is organized for VMFA by Valerie Cassel Oliver, the museum’s Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.
About the Artist
Born Edwin Parker “Cy” Twombly, Jr., the artist inherited his name and nickname from his father, a former pitcher for the Chicago White Sox. Born and raised in Lexington, Virginia, Twombly went on to spend much of his life in Italy while continuing to return to his birthplace. Twombly expressed interest in drawing and painting from an early age. His early drawings and paintings were influenced by ancient Mediterranean history and geography, Greek and Roman mythology, and epic poetry. He went on to study at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and then the Art Students League in New York City where he was exposed to the Abstract Expressionist movement.
After receiving a fellowship from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in 1952, Twombly embarked on a transformative journey to Morocco and Italy that infused his artistic practice with newfound inspirations and techniques. He was a pioneer in his photographic experimentation, pushing the boundaries of traditional artistic conventions. A blend of Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, and graffiti art, Twombly’s paintings are imbued with a sense of rhythm and movement. In his artistic evolution, Twombly continuously blurred artistic mediums, offering worlds of iconography, metaphor, and myth as he transcribed ancient knowledge through his contemporary artworks
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Cy Twombly, Morocco, 1952/1953 - Exhibitions