Cy Twombly's work has been celebrated as some of the most outstanding art from the latter half of the twentieth century, ever since his initial retrospective at the Whitney Museum in New York in 1979. His artwork has since been featured at the MoMA, Berlin in 1994, Venice Biennales, and solo museum exhibitions in Zurich, London, St. Petersburg, and Paris.
Twombly's photographic journey began during his time as a student at Black Mountain College, with his first public exhibition in 1993. Over the years, his photography has reached a broader audience through exhibitions in London, New York, Los Angeles, Rome, and Munich, as well as several comprehensive publications showcasing his exceptional photographs.
His photography captures landscapes, seascapes, studio scenes, still lifes, and flowers, representing moments when the struggle between nature and culture seems to pause. These images transform ordinary subjects into lyrical compositions. Twombly's use of fragments appears weightless as he enlarges blurred instant camera shots and prints them using a unique dry print process on matte paper. His still photographs evoke a poetic Mediterranean essence, illuminated by light and shadow, and marked by the changing seasons.
"Forms and Shades" is the fourth solo exhibition dedicated to Twombly at Galerie Bastian, featuring 26 photographs and two sculptures. The gallery has also hosted exhibitions focused on Twombly's paintings, drawings, and prints, all in close collaboration with the Cy Twombly Foundation. His photographs have been added to prestigious private and public collections, including Munich's Museum Brandhorst and the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Currently, his works are on display at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Musée Yves Saint Laurent in Marrakesh.
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