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Untitled, New York

A work made of wood, wire, twine, nails, and house paint, with wax on fabric.
© Cy Twombly Foundation

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  • A work made of wood, wire, twine, nails, and house paint, with wax on fabric.

Date:

1953

Artist:

Cy Twombly
American, 1928-2011

About this artwork

Untitled is among Cy Twombly’s best-known and earliest sculptures. Once painted stark white, it is now evocatively weathered. The work presents a fence-like array of wooden spoon handles and other shafts of wood that were wrapped together with bands of cloth and mounted on a miniature stepped platform. It can be variously read—either separately or simultaneously—as depicting a powerful “fetish” object, a set of mute panpipes, or an unidentified archaeological fragment.

Twombly made this assemblage in New York City after formative travels in both Italy and North Africa; fellow artist Robert Rauschenberg, who had traveled with him, kept the work in his personal collection for more than fivedecades.

On View

Contemporary Art, Gallery 292

Artist

Cy Twombly

Title

Untitled, New York

Origin

United States

Date

1953

Medium

Wood, wire, twine, nails, and house paint, with wax on fabric

Dimensions

26 × 29.2 × 27.9 cm (10 1/4 × 11 1/2 × 11 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Edlis Neeson Collection

Reference Number

2015.138

Copyright

© Cy Twombly Foundation

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