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art exhibitions, like the cy twombly exhibition of 94 drawings and works on paper at gagosian gallery in new york, can be more momentous than blockbuster museum exhibitions.

 

*cy twombly:  in beauty it is finished : drawings 1951-2008

8 march-25 april 2018

gagosian | 522 west 21st street | new york, NY


i walked through the exhibition three times.  and then, after i left, i decided to return to look at my favorite drawings again…

one wall, featuring five early, atypically polychromatic, crayon, gouache, and pencil drawings.

cy twombly: in beauty it is finished : drawings 1951-2008

installation view | gagosian | 522 west 21st street | new york, NY

photo credit artwork: © cy twombly foundation | screenshot: video by pushpin films via gagosian quarterly

 

originally, there were six drawings.  twombly gifted four of the six drawings to his friend, abstract artist robert rauschenberg (1925-2008).  then, rauschenberg adhered one of the drawings to one of his combines.

robert rauschenberg (1925-2008) | rhebus | 1955 | oil, synthetic polymer paint, pencil, crayon, pastel, cut-and-pasted printed and painted papers, and fabric on canvas mounted and stapled to fabric, in three panels

museum of modern art (moma) | new york, NY

photo credit (c) 2018 robert rauschenberg foundation via moma

 

cy twombly (1928-2011) | untitled | 1954 | gouache, wax crayon, and colored pencil on paper

cy twombly foundation | new york, NY, rome, italy & gaeta, italy

photo credit (c) cy twombly foundation via gagosian

 

cy twombly (1928-2011) | untitled | 1954 | gouache, wax crayon, and colored pencil on paper

cy twombly foundation | new york, NY, rome, italy & gaeta, italy

photo credit (c) cy twombly foundation via cy twombly foundation

 

cy twombly (1928-2011) | untitled | 1954 | gouache, wax crayon, and colored pencil on paper

museum of modern art (moma) | new york, NY

photo credit (c) 2018 cy twombly foundation via moma

 

cy twombly (1928-2011) | untitled | 1954 | gouache, wax crayon, and colored pencil on paper

museum of modern art (moma) | new york, NY

photo credit (c) 2018 cy twombly foundation via moma

 

cy twombly (1928-2011) | untitled | 1954 | gouache, wax crayon, and colored pencil on paper

museum of modern art (moma) | new york, NY

photo credit (c) 2018 cy twombly foundation via moma

 

the five drawings reminded me of pastel drawings by abstract expressionist artist joan mitchell (1925-1992).

joan mitchell (1925-1992) | untitled | 1991 | pastel on paper

sold for US$98,500 | christie’s new york | post war and contemporary morning session | 11 november 2010 | sale 2356 | lot 235

photo credit christie’s

 

one gallery was filled with calligraphy drawings.  not only calligraphic, but also epigraphic.

cy twombly: in beauty it is finished : drawings 1951-2008

installation view | gagosian | 522 west 21st street | new york, NY

photo credit rob mckeever via gagosian

 

including, one work in 30 parts.  and, 4 drawings from a private collection.

cy twombly (1928-2011) | untitled | 1970 | oil, wax crayon, and pencil on paper, in 30 parts

cy twombly foundation | new york, NY, rome, italy & gaeta, italy

photo credit artwork: © cy twombly foundation | screenshot: video by pushpin films via gagosian quarterly

 

cy twombly (1928-2011) | untitled | 1970 | oil and wax crayon on paper

private collection

photo credit (c) cy twombly foundation via gagosian

 

another gallery was filled with blackboard drawings.

cy twombly: in beauty it is finished : drawings 1951-2008

installation view | gagosian | 522 west 21st street | new york, NY

photo credit rob mckeever via gagosian

 

layer upon layer of lines, marks, and erasures.  made with crayon, pencil, or pen over oil on paper.

cy twombly (1928-2011) | untitled | 1969 | oil and wax crayon on paper

cy twombly foundation | new york, NY, rome, italy & gaeta, italy

photo credit (c) cy twombly foundation via gagosian

 

‘his work is based not upon concept (the trace)

but rather upon an activity (tracing).’

-french philoopher, roland barthes (1915-1980), who wrote about the work of cy twombly

 

*exhibited concurrently with cy twombly: coronation of sesostris at gagosian | 980 madison avenue | new york, NY.

click here to read my post about cy twombly: coronation of sesostris.

manuel neri:  assertion of the figure

anderson collection at stanford university | palo alto, CA

14 september 2017-12 february 2018

an art exhibition that includes eleven sculptures, reliefs, and works on paper by (san francisco) bay area figurative sculptor manuel neri.  recently gifted to the anderson collection (art museum) at stanford university by the manuel neri trust.

top to bottom:

manuel neri | standing figure I | pigment on plaster | 1974 | courtesy of hackett | mill and the manuel neri trust, san francisco, CA

manuel neri | standing figure II | pigment on plaster | 1982

 

isn’t the juxtaposition of the manuel neri sculptures with figurative, abstract, and abstract expressionist paintings by richard deibenkorn (another member of the bay area figurative art movement) and joan mitchell outstanding?

top (left to right):

richard deibenkorn (1922-1993) | girl on the beach | oil on canvas | 1957

manuel neri | untitled female figure | plaster and pigment | 1958 | courtesy of hackett | mill and the manuel neri trust, san francisco, CA

manuel neri | untitled male figure | plaster and pigment | 1958 | courtesy of hackett | mill and the manuel neri trust, san francisco, CA

richard deibenkorn (1922-1993) | ocean park #60 | oil on canvas | 1973

bottom (left to right):

joan mitchell | before, again IV | oil on canvas | 1985

manuel neri | untitled female figure | plaster and pigment | 1958 | courtesy of hackett | mill and the manuel neri trust, san francisco, CA

manuel neri | untitled male figure | plaster and pigment | 1958 | courtesy of hackett | mill and the manuel neri trust, san francisco, CA

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

during the exhibition, seven additional sculptures by manuel neri, which are on temporary loan to the anderson collection from hackett | mill art gallery in san francisco, are installed outside of the museum.  their adjacency to the rodin sculpture garden at the cantor arts center at stanford university, which is located next door, is equally outstanding.

i recently returned from the most extraordinary trip to new york.  the primary purpose was to help a client select some artwork for their residential interior design project.

exceedingly successful.  and, exceptionally inspiring.

i spent most of the time that i wasn’t working gallery and museum hopping.  joan mitchell, john chamberlain, and sol lewitt in chelsea.  sean scully on the upper east side.  the breathtaking zao wou-ki abstract expressionist painting exhibition at asia society.  and at the whitney, the brilliant carmen herrera modernist painting exhibition.

i hope that you enjoy scrolling through the following posts as much as carmen herrera is enjoying having her first retrospective museum exhibition at the age of 101!

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joan mitchell:  drawing into painting

cheim & read | new york, NY

27 october-23 december 2016

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photo credits cheim & read

unfortunately, my trip to new york preceded the opening of joan mitchell:  drawing into painting.  fortunately, one of the gallery directors at cheim & read kindly presented a preview of available pastel on paper drawings for my client’s consideration.  which one do you prefer?

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joan mitchell ( 1925-1992) | untitled | pastel on paper | circa 1980-1990

photo credit cheim & read

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joan mitchell (1925-1992) | untitled | pastel on paper | 1991

photo credit cheim & read

if you live in london, you might read time out magazine for the restaurant and theater reviews, or the schedule of events.  so, when my husband, bob, and i arrived in london recently, i borrowed a copy of time out from clive, the concierge at the capital hotel, to make sure that we weren’t missing any interesting events.

joan mitchell is one of my favorite artists.  and, i would absolutely love to own one of her pastel drawings.

joan mitchell (1925-1992) | pastel | pastel on paper | 1991

cheim & read | new york. NY

photo credit cheim & read

so, i was excited to discover that hauser & wirth gallery was presenting joan mitchell the last paintings from 3 february-28 april 2012.  mitchell’s late abstract expressionist paintings use intense gestures and intense colors that express her intense feelings for the countryside near her home in vetheuil, france.

joan mitchell (1925-1992) | river | oil on canvas | 1989

joan mitchell the last paintings | 3 feb-28 apr 2012 | hauser & wirth | london, united kingdom

photo credit hauser & wirth

joan mitchell (1925-1992) | sunflowers | oil on canvas | 1990-1991

joan mitchell the last paintings | 3 feb-28 apr 2012 | hauser & wirth | london, united kingdom

photo credit hauser & wirth

joan mitchell (1925-1992) | trees | oil on canvas | 1990-1991

joan mitchell the last paintings | 3 feb-28 apr 2012 | hauser & wirth | london, united kingdom

photo credit hauser & wirth

her last paintings are pure abstractions that use color, line, compositon, scale, and form spontaneously and freely.

joan mitchell (1925-1992) | untitled | oil on canvas | 1992

joan mitchell the last paintings | 3 feb-28 apr 2012 | hauser & wirth | london, united kingdom

photo credit hauser & wirth

joan mitchell (1925-1992) | tondo | oil on canvas | 1991

joan mitchell the last paintings | 3 feb-28 apr 2012 | hauser & wirth | london, united kingdom

photo credit hauser & wirth

joan mitchell (1925-1992) | tondo | oil on canvas | 1991

joan mitchell the last paintings | 3 feb-28 apr 2012 | hauser & wirth | london, united kingdom

photo credit hauser & wirth

does the round format of the tondos remind you of damien hirst?

damien hirst | beautiful strummerville spin, the future is unwritten painting | household gloss on canvas | 2012

sold for GBP 445,250 | US$ 699,087

contemporary art evening auction | 15 february 2012 | sotheby’s, bond street | sale l12020 lot 34

photo credit sotheby’s