Published in 2020 on the occasion of the upcoming exhibition Cy Twombly: Making Past Present, organized by The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.
Description from the Publisher:
Cy Twombly’s first visit to Italy as a young man ignited a lifelong passion for the ancient world that is everywhere present in his art. Painted canvases, works on paper, and small-scale sculptures reveal the historical soul of Twombly’s abstract compositions. Taking on classical myths and heroes as personal guides, he created a psychologically complex dialogue with the visual and literary arts of antiquity.
This sumptuously illustrated book reproduces a carefully chosen selection of the artist’s paintings, drawings, and sculptures alongside works of classical antiquity, including a number from his personal collection. Illuminating essays by leading scholars explore the profound and often enigmatic engagement of Twombly’s art with the world of the past.
Cy Twombly: Making Past Present. Christine Kondoleon with Kate Nesin. With contributions by Anne Carson, Jennifer R. Gross, Brooke Holmes, and Mary Jacobus. Published by MFA Publications of The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.