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also known as Edwin Parker Twombly Jr.


Cy Twombly, American artist. Recipient Praemium Imperiale Prize for painting, Japan Art Association, 1996, Leone d'Oro award for contemporary art, Venice Film Festival, 2001. Fellow: American Academy of Arts and Letters.


Twombly, Cy was born on April 25, 1928 in Lexington, Virginia, United States.


Student, Boston Museum School Fine Arts. Student, Washington & Lee University. Student, Black Mountain College.


Head department art Southern Seminary and Junior College, Buena Vista, Virginia, 1955-1956. Opening of Cy Twombly Gallery at the Menil Collection, Houston, 1995.


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    • One man shows include: Milwaukee, 1968, Nicholas Wilder Gallery, 1969, Herron Institute Art, Indianapolis, 1969, Guggenheim Museum, New York City, 1976, MoMA, New York City, 1976, Vancouver Art Gallery, 1982, Museum Hans Lange, Krefeld, West Germany, 1982, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, 1984, New York, Elkon Gallery, 1996, Whitney Museum American Art, 1996, Cheim & Reed, 1997, Gagosian Gallery Madison, 2003, Brussels, Xavier Hufkins, 1997, Colonge, Galerie Karsten Greve, 1997, Los Angeles, Gagosian Gallery, 1998, County Museum Art, 2001, Hannover, Sprengel Museum, 2000, Munich, Pinakothek der Moderne, 2002, Fifty Years of Works On Paper, St. Petersburg, State Hermitage Museum travelled to Munich, Paris, London, 2003, Paris, Centre Pompidou, 2004, London, Serpentine Gallery, 2004. Retrospective exhibition Whitney Museum Art, New York City, 1979. Group exhibitions include New York University, 1967, Whitney Museum American Art Annual, 1967, Royal Academy Arts, 1981, Larry Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles, 1982, Young Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, 1982, Blum Gallery, New York City, 1982, Talking Pieces, Leverkusen, Museum Morsbroich, 2003, Jasper Johns to Jeff Koons, Bilbao, Guggenheim Museum, 2003, Graz, Neue Galerie, Phantom der Lust-Visionen des Masochismus in der Kunst, 2003, Graz, Neue Galerie, SUPPORT 1- Die Neue Galerie als Sammlung, 2003, Mori Art Museum, Happiness- A Survival Guide for Art and Life, Tokyo, 2003, London, Gagosian Gallery Heddon, Drawings, 2004, Berlin, Neue Nationalgalerie, Das Museum Modern Art in Berlin, 2004.

      Large-scale masterworks include: The Age of Alexander, 1959-1960, Triumph of Galatea, 1961, Untitled (Say Goodbye Catallus, to the Shores of Asia Minor), 1994. Represented in permanent collections Rhode Island School Design, Whitney Museum American Art, MoMA, New York City, Ludwig Collection, Aachen, Thomas Segal Gallery, Tavelli Gallery, Adler Gallery, also private collections New York City, Chicago, Washington and Europe.


Fellow: American Academy of Arts and Letters.