The newly endowed position is funded by a gift from the Cy Twombly Foundation, made in acknowledgment of Cy Twombly’s long relationship with the Whitney, which in 1979 was the first New York museum to present a solo exhibition of his work, and with Carol Mancusi-Ungaro, the museum’s chief conservator who founded the Conservation Department and worked closely with Twombly for twenty years. Associate Conservator Matthew Skopek, who joined the Whitney in 2007, has been named to the new position.
Nicola Del Roscio, the President of the Cy Twombly Foundation, commented, “Cy Twombly, like many other artists, was concerned about how art is restored, especially the treatment of paintings on canvas. I am sure that he would be very happy about our endowment of a position for restoration under the good auspices of Carol Mancusi-Ungaro, and particularly at the Whitney, which sponsored the first retrospective of Twombly in America.”
Over the years, the Whitney has collected Twombly's work in various mediums through acquisitions and gifts, including five donations by the artist himself. In 1996, Twombly created a set of monoprints for the Whitney, which he then gifted to the Museum. A number of Twombly's artworks in the Museum's collection were acquired between 1969 and 2008, including gifts from the Whitney's Chairman Emeritus Leonard A. Lauder. A large painting, Untitled (1964/1984), is a promised gift of Emily Fisher Landau.
“We are honored to receive this support from the Cy Twombly Foundation,” said Carol Mancusi- Ungaro. “Exchanges with artists are central to our work, and recurrent conversations with Cy Twombly were instrumental in shaping our approach.”
For further information, and to download the press release, please visit the Whitney’s website.
Photograph by Ben Gancsos © 2016.