1928 - 2011
UNTITLED (AUGUSTA, GEORGIA)
signed with the artist's initials and dated 54
graphite on paper
sheet: 21.5 by 28 cm. 8 ½ by 11 in.
framed: 28.5 by 34.9 cm. 11 ¼ by 13 ¾ in.
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The work is in very good condition. The sheet is hinged verso to the backing board in several places. There is some discolouration to the paper, as well as some handling creases and a small number of tiny stains and media accretions in isolated places. There is a small spot of paper discolouration to the centre of the left edge which appears to be oxidation.
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Private Collection, New York
Private Collection, Rome
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Nicola del Roscio, Ed., Cy Twombly Drawings Catalogue Raisonne Vol. 1 1951-1955, Germany 2011, p. 81, no. 25, illustrated in colour
“Unreadable missives…are their own category in Twombly’s art, the 'writing' that isn’t just imagined by the viewer, but named by the artist, one that calls to poets and writers with the seduction of all that could be said but isn’t. That never will be. These signs without attachments. Is this a love letter or one of pleading for forgiveness? Is this a note about the weather in Rome or the hunger for flesh? Is this for us or for another?”
Joshua Rivkin in Chalk: The Art and Erasure of Cy Twombly, New York 2018, p. 194