This sumptuous volume explores the Cy Twombly Gallery, a single-artist building on the Menil campus in Houston, and the 33 paintings and 11 sculptures the artist chose to place there. It includes numerous large-scale close-ups and insightful essays on the pavilion’s creation. The art of American-born artist Cy Twombly (1928–2011) defies conventional classification. He incorporated a wide variety of elements into his work, from scrawls and calligraphic marks to text from poetry and mythology. Since its opening in 1995, the Renzo Piano–designed gallery devoted to his work has become a pilgrimage destination for the artist’s avid admirers. The product of close collaboration between the Menil, Twombly, and the Dia Center for the Arts, it is one of the most extraordinary presentations of any single 20th-century artist.
About the Authors
Paul Winkler, former director of the Menil Collection, was instrumental to the creation of the Cy Twombly Gallery during his tenure.
Carol Mancusi-Ungaro was chief conservator at the Menil Collection when the Twombly Gallery was built and has done conservation work on a number of Twombly’s paintings and sculptures. She is currently affiliated with the Center for the Technical Study of Modern Art at the Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, Massachusetts and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.