Edwin Parker “Cy” Twombly, Jr. was an American painter, sculptor and photographer born in 1928 in Lexington, Virginia. In 1950, he arrived in Manhattan and was convinced by Robert Rauschenberg to participate in the 1951-52 sessions at Black Mountain College near Asheville, North Carolina. In 1957, he left for Rome, Italy, where he would remain for most of the rest of his life. Twombly’s first solo show was held at the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York in the fall of 1960. The Whitney Museum of American Art mounted a retrospective of his work in 1979. The exhibition was critiqued for being “too European”, as Twombly was still based in Rome and his work was not typical of American art at the time. He continued to work into old age; Twombly passed away on July 5, 2011 in Rome.
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