New York

Cy Twombly

Vrej Bahgoomian Gallery

Since the Abstract Expressionist era, Cy Twombly has kept the question of draftsmanship alive in his work—but with an appropriately changed, or reversed, focus. His drawings and drawinglike paintings represent not external sense objects but the state of mind that is sensing. He draws the inside of the mind as it grapples with data that seems to be coming in from outside. And he finds this mind to be like a child’s, trying to give rudimentary shape to a chaotic flow of impressions which are almost, but not quite, coagulating into concepts.

The 15 works in this exhibition, ranging in date from 1958 to 1985, convey a sense of the developmental process the work has undergone. In the earlier pieces such as Untitled, 1959, and Roma, 1962, the mind that is trying to give shape to the world seeks to grasp it in inchoate doodles. Energies flowing too quickly to take definite shape are interspersed

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