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Cy Twombly

Nini’s Painting

  • Year1971
  • MaterialEmulsion paint, crayon, colored pencil and pencil on canvas
  • Dimensions250.3 x 300.4 cm
  • Year of acquisition1995
  • Inventory numberUAB 451
  • On viewUpper floor 1.6

More about the artwork

In “Nini’s Painting” from 1971, Twombly’s gesture increasingly begins to approach the condition of writing. At times one can almost discern individual letters and words among the lines, such as the names Cy and Nini, but there is no clear linguistic connection. The painting is an homage to Nini Pirandello, the wife of Twombly’s gallerist Plinio De Martiis, who took her own life in 1971. Grief is only too often a tortuous condition in which one wishes to speak without being able to. And thus Twombly’s act of painting was a constant overwriting, an attempt to express himself, knowing that he would fail. Twombly’s marks seemingly withdraw into this state of limbo. They leave behind a palimpsest of remembering and forgetting, of profusion and depletion.

Further collection artworks

Cy Twombly Winter’s Passage: Luxor (Rome), 1985UAB 461
Cy Twombly Winter’s Passage: Luxor (Rome), 1985
Albert Oehlen Ohne Titel (P 05/12), 2012UAB 856
Albert Oehlen Ohne Titel, 2012
Arthur Jafa Monster II, 2017UAB /
Arthur Jafa Monster II, 2017
Ed RuschaNot Only Securing the Last Letter But Damaging It as Well (Boss), 1964UAB 373
Ed Ruscha Not Only Securing the Last Letter But Damaging It as Well (Boss), 1964
Andy Warhol                                                                                           Triple Elvis, 1963UAB 505
Andy Warhol Triple Elvis, 1963
Richard Avedon Andy Warhol and members of The Factory: Andy Warhol, artist; Paul Morrissey, director; Joe Dallesandro, actor; Candy Darling, actor, New York, May 21, 1970, 1993UAB 814
Richard Avedon Andy Warhol and members of The Factory: Andy Warhol, artist; Paul Morrissey, director; Joe Dallessandro, actor; Candy Darling, actor; New York, May 21, 1970, 1993