Cy Twombly: Paradise Edited by Julie Sylvester Essay by Philip Larratt-Smith

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Cy Twombly: Paradise
Curated by Julie Sylvester and Philip Larratt-Smith
Edited by Julie Sylvester
Essay by Philip Larratt-Smith

folio. pp. 172. profusely illustrated, including two fold-outs. biographical notes. cloth. dw. Mexico: Fundacion Jumex Arte Contemporaneo in association with Damiani, [2014].

First Edition. Published in conjunction with an exhibition.


ISBN-10: 8862083769 / ISBN-13: 9788862083768


This book accompanies the much-anticipated 2014 exhibition Cy Twombly: Paradise, at Museo Jumex in Mexico City, the first time a comprehensive exhibition of the American artist's work has been mounted in Latin America. The exhibition and book include works on paper, paintings and sculpture that span Twombly's career, from early works of the 1950s to the Camino Real series of paintings that he completed shortly before his death in 2011. The book includes 57 works of art, along with double-page, full-bleed detail photographs that capture Twombly's dramatic gestural style and lush palette. An essay by curator and author Philip Larratt-Smith contextualizes the works and this monumental exhibition. In his essay, Larratt-Smith considers the abiding presence of Roman and Greek mythology in Twombly's art: "For Twombly, the myths of antiquity are dreams and mirrors. Mythical characters are archetypes, and the sequence of events follows an oneiric logic that is intuitively convincing even when irreducible to reason. Twombly finds his own passions reflected in the external patterns of myth; the mirroring effect between aesthetic experience and psychic response is profound and generative. His works are never literary depictions of a myth, though myth may suggestively open the work up to narrative. Myth permits emotional expressivity without disclosing biographical origins and, conversely, provides an objective correlative to the realm of sexuality and fantasy."