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.
- Cy Twombly
- Untitled, New York
- United States
- Wood, wire, twine, nails, and house paint, with wax on fabric
- 26 × 29.2 × 27.9 cm (10 1/4 × 11 1/2 × 11 in.)
- Gift of Edlis Neeson Collection
- © Cy Twombly Foundation