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Cy Twombly

Untitled (New York City)

  • Year1968
  • MaterialAcrylic on canvas
  • Dimensions201 x 261.5 cm
  • Year of acquisition1992
  • Inventory numberUAB 448
  • On viewUpper floor

More about the artwork

The lines in “Untitled (New York City)” progress across the painting in one go, from left to right. Each individual stroke registers both the fact that the artist moved along the canvas and the manner in which he did so. We can see when he slowed down, when the pressure of the chalk was released or increased, how brief interruptions while moving created kinks and loops; and how the lines come closer, touch, and then move apart again. Despite some similarity to post-minimalistic procedures, the difference could hardly be greater: Twombly’s painting invites the eyes to move along the lines, to enjoy them in all their nuances. “In Twombly’s work,” wrote Roland Barthes, “the ‘ductus’ dominates: not its rules, but rather its games, its fantasies, its discoveries, its inertia.”

Further collection artworks

Keith Haring, Untitled (Self-Portrait), 1985, UAB 873aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Keith Haring Untitled (Self-Portrait), 1985
Cy Twombly, Untitled (Roses), 2008, UAB 646aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled (Roses), 2008
Andy Warhol, Mustard Race Riot, 1963, UAB 642aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Andy Warhol Mustard Race Riot, 1963
Cy Twombly, THERMOPYLAE (MEUDON), 1992, UAB 466aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Thermopylae (Meudon), 1990
Alexandra Bircken, New Model Army, 2016, UAB 1104aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Alexandra Bircken New Model Army, 2016
Jean-Michele Basquiat, untitled, 1983aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Jean-Michel Basquiat Ohne Titel, 1983