Cy Twombly /   Edwin Parker Twombly, Jr.

United States 1928 - 2011

Sculpture, Photography, Calligraphy

Cy Twombly
Edwin Parker Twombly, Jr.
United States
June 20, 2016
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Edwin Parker Twombly Jr., better known by a popular pseudonym of Cy Twombly, was an American artist and a significant representative of the Post-Abstract Expressionist generation. His brilliant large-scale paintings of gestural marks were scratched and smeared on raw canvas or linen, imbuing his pieces with a unique level of frenetic spirit and vitality that remains unmatched to this day. Besides combining numerous styles with his own concepts, Cy Twombly found massive influence in the sense of history and autonomy present in his beloved South, blending it with his interest in Greco-Roman mythology and heritage. The most efficient description of Cy’s portfolio was provided by no other than the artist himself: My line is childlike but not childish.

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Cy Twombly – Bacchus, 2006 – Image via

Navigation Between the South and the North

Edwin Parker Twombly Jr was born in Lexington, Virginia, during the year of 1928. Since he was a toddler, Twombly went by the nickname of Cy like his father before him – Edwin’s dad actually pitched for the Chicago White Sox for a concise span of time and the nickname’s origin can be related to the baseball player Cy Young. Although Twombly’s parents were from the Northeast and he made frequent trips to Massachusetts and Maine, Cy was raised in the South and that part of the United States became a significant segment of his identity, heavily influencing most of his artistic decisions of the future. While he was still a toddler, Twombly would work on art kits he ordered from the Sears Roebuck catalog in order to somehow make the days pass quicker than they really were. Gradually and surely, Twombly developed an affinity for making art between his quarterly visits to the South, achieved solely by creating through child play and experimenting out of monotony. His parents supported and encouraged his interest in art and provided the twelve-year-old Cy with an opportunity of studying under the Spanish modern painter Pierre Daura. However, by that particular point, the painting was reckoned to be nothing more than a hobby for Cy and not a single soul predicted he will actually pursue a career of a professional artist.

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Cy Twombly – School of Fontainebleau, 1960 – Image via

Art Training and Early Works

Following the encouraging high school graduation, Twombly made a decision to begin formal art training at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts. It was at this prestigious institution that Cy was exposed for the first time to artistic European concepts of the early 20th century, witnessing the works of Marcel Duchamp, Kurt Schwitters and Alberto Giacometti. These experiences lit a desire under Twombly who wanted to learn even more about the Dadaistic and Surrealistic ideas – keeping that in mind, Cy’s parents suggested that he should travel to Washington for a year and see what the art scene looked in the capital of The United States. The trip was a success and the acquaintances from D.C. opened a door for Twombly to study at the Art Students League in New York, which Cy precisely did during the year of 1950. The Big Apple proved to be even more than was expected – fantastic classes combined with the numerous New York gallery exhibitions provided Twombly with a bottomless ocean of art pieces to explore and analyze. Subsequently, exposure to the works of Franz Kline, Jackson Pollock and Robert Motherwell led Cy down the path of abstraction, heavily impacting and shaping Twombly’s own aesthetic into something essentially different from his prior figurative compositions. The aspiring painter also met Robert Rauschenberg who became a close friend and yet another huge artistic influence. At Rauschenberg’s encouragement, Twombly studied at the legendary Black Mountain College in North Carolina during the years of 1951 and 1952, after which the duo traveled to Italy and North Africa on a grant from the Virginia Museum of Fine Art.

When the artistic duo of Rauschenberg and Twombly returned to The United States, the two painters had a joint 1953 exhibition at The Stable Gallery in New York City. They displayed their experimental works based on unique and original concepts, but the pair was not welcomed with much positive acclaim – in fact, it is said that the gallery director Eleanor Ward remove the visitor comments book because there were simply too many hostile and negative responses from the public. At that time, Cy was largely working in a black and white style, desperately seeking a balance between Rauschenberg’s paintings and the monochromatic work of Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline and Robert Motherwell. Cy Twombly based his aesthetic on the surprisingly complex theories of the primitive, ritualistic and the psychoanalytic concept of the fetish phenomenon. He was also combining all of the above with the Dadaistic and Surrealistic ideas he was still quite fond of. Cy was developing rather nicely when he was interrupted during the year of 1953 and was drafted into the army – he served as a cryptographer at Camp Gordon near Augusta, Georgia, and at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. On weekend leaves, Twombly was spending most of the time in his hotel room, producing biomorphic drawings which he claimed set the artistic direction everything would take from then on. While still in the army, Cy modified the Breton’s technique of automatic drawing by creating compositions in the dark after lights out. These “blind” illustrations resulted in distorted forms and curves that became distinct stylistic motifs in his later work.

Twombly attempted to base his early art on several concepts, balancing between Dadaistic and Surrealistic ideas whilst also trying to absorb the ongoing styles of the times

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Cy Twombly – Untitled II, 1967 – Image via

Mature Period and Related Work

Between the years of 1955 to 1959, Cy worked sporadically in New York City, falling under the shadow of the rising stars Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns. Desperate for a change of scenery, Twombly returned to Rome where he met and married the Italian artist Baroness Tatiana Franchetti. The pair decided that they would prefer to be married in New York, which precisely happened in 1959. Afterward, they purchased a palazzo on the Via di Monserrato in Rome and a weekend residence in the seaside town of Gaeta. Cy Twombly insisted that the young couple should spend as much time as possible in Gaeta as he found the tiny town endlessly inspiring – it was here that Cy switched to a more tranquil, light tone and his work started to allude to Classical culture and literature, allowing the Greco-Roman themes to infuse much of his mature work. Quickly afterward, Cy became a star on the roster of artists sponsored by Leo Castelli, exhibiting in his first Italian solo show in 1960. Meanwhile, things in the United States were not looking so bright – there were some photographs circulating the media of Twombly living in his Roman mansion. His former friends and fellow artists were infuriated – some out of envy, some out of true anger – and everyone claimed Cy somehow betrayed the cause he once stood for. However, Twombly was not to be provoked and he never reacted to such ridicules acclaims.

Cy’s early 1960s projects took on a greater scale and more vibrant color than ever before, while also rendering on themes of eroticism and violence. Throughout the 60s and 70s, Twombly’s popularity can be separated on two fronts – the western one hated him whilst the Italian scene adored him. From 1966 to 1972, Twombly created a number of canvases that resembled blackboards, with light-colored loops and scrawls flowing across gray backgrounds. Since the 1980s set in, Twombly’s productive endeavors took a noteworthy step back as he worked less frequently and didn’t manifest the same artistic vigor as he did previously. Nevertheless, Cy proceeded to provide the art scene with crucial canvas pieces and continued to dictate what was popular and intriguing. Twombly also desired to somehow revive his long lost interest in sculpting, a medium he did not even think about for the last twenty years – these sculptures of the 70s and 80s oftentimes focused on Classical themes and were largely assembled from found objects painted in white. Main inspirations of Cy’s later works continued to be Greco-Roman heritage and his ever growing fascination with the sea – Twombly often included Bacchus, the god of wine, into his compositions. His paintings evolved a bit in the 90s, as he expanded his previous use of color and started using gestural brushstrokes that occasionally depicted more recognizable forms, such as flowers and landscapes. However, after the 1990s, the artist ceased to make art constantly. Cy Twombly suffered from cancer for several years toward the end of his life and died on the 5th of July in 2011 in Rome.

Even though he lost popularity on the US gallery market, Cy remained a hot topic in the European arts world for the entirety of his career

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Cy Twombly – Untitled (a painting in 3 parts) – 1992 – Image via

Cy Twombly Forever

Despite the constant and persistent disregard for deserved fame and recognition, Cy Twombly remained steadfast and is widely considered as one of the greatest American painters after Abstract Expressionism. In a sense, his distinctive aesthetic was simultaneously a continuation of Abstract Expressionist techniques and European contexts that run deep in the artistic veins of the Old Continent. Furthermore, Twombly can be credited with influencing an extensive array of following artistic movements, both American and European, such as Neo-Expressionism and Minimalism, even some aspects of Pop art. Cy also confirmed that one may exercise less regarded practices such as penciled words and scribbled crayon in order to deliver what the public considers is the context of grand art.

This artist is represented by GAGOSIAN Beverely Hills, GAGOSIAN BRITANNIA STREET London, GAGOSIAN Madison Avenue, GAGOSIAN Park & 75 New York, GAGOSIAN West 21st Street, GAGOSIAN West 24th Street, WENG CONTEMPORARY, VINCE FINE ARTS Miami and ZOOART.
Featured Image: Cy Twombly – Photo of the artist – Image via
All images used for illustrative purposes only

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2016Embracing the Contemporary: The Keith L. and Katherine Sachs CollectionPhiladelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PAGroup
2016Basquiat, Dubuffet, Soulages ... A Private Collection Fondation de l'Hermitage, LausanneGroup
2016Cy Twombly - Selected Photographs, 1944-2006Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-BadenSolo
2016Cy Twombly Photographs: Lyrical VariationsKawamura Memorial Museum of Art, Sakura, ChibaSolo
2016Painting 2.0 - Malerei im InformationszeitalterMuseum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig (MUMOK), ViennaGroup
2016 Gagosian Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2016DialoguesMuseum Folkwang, EssenGroup
2016Entre Sculpture Et PhotographieEntre Sculpture Et PhotographieGroup
2016Unfinished: Thoughts Left VisibleMet Breuer, New York City, NYGroup
2015Cy Twombly: Quattro StagioniDe La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on SeaSolo
2015Cy Twombly - PhotographsGagosian Gallery, LondonSolo
2015Cy Twombly - Malerei & SkulpturMuseum für Gegenwartskunst, BaselSolo
2015Cy Twombly - Fifty Years of Work on PaperHara Museum of Contemporary Art, TokyoSolo
2015Cy TwomblyGagosian Gallery , New York City, NYSolo
2014Cy Twombly PrintsHiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TXSolo
2014ParadiseMuseo Jumex, Mexico CitySolo
2014Make It New: Abstract Painting from the National Gallery of Art, 1950–1975Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute - The Clark, Williamstown, MAGroup
2014Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau CollectionSan Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CAGroup
2014Poetics Of The GestureNahmad Contemporary, New York City, NYGroup
2014Taking a Line for a WalkZentrum Paul Klee, BernGroup
2014Zurück in die ZukunftKunsthalle Krems, KremsGroup
2014Re-View: Onnasch CollectionHauser & Wirth, New York City, NYGroup
2013On PaperGalerie Karsten Greve - Paris, ParisSolo
2013Anni '70. Arte a RomaPalazzo delle Esposizioni, RomeGroup
2013The Show Is OverGagosian Gallery, LondonGroup
2013YellowSAGE Paris, ParisGroup
2013Re-View: Onnasch CollectionHauser & Wirth, London (closed, 2013)Group
2013Inaugral show Audible presence: Lucio Fontana, Yves klein, Cy TwomblyDominique Lévy Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2013A collection shows its faceStadtgalerie Bamberg - Villa Dessauer, BambergGroup
2013Art=Text=Art - Private Languages / Public SystemsHafnarborg, HafnarfjörðurGroup
2013Turbulences II - Villa EmpainBoghossian Foundation, BrusselsGroup
2013Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau CollectionNorton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FLGroup
2013Now Here is also Nowhere: Part IIHenry Art Gallery, Seattle, WAGroup
2013Historias De La HistoriaMuseo Guggenheim de Arte Moderno y Contemporáneo, BilbaoGroup
2012Cy Twombly The Last PaintingsGagosian Gallery , New York City, NYSolo
2012The last Paintings & A Survey of Photographs 1954–2011Gagosian Gallery, LondonSolo
2012Cy Twombly: The Last PaintingsGagosian Gallery, Hong KongSolo
2012Cy Twombly DrawingsGallery A-zone, OkayamaSolo
2012The Last PaintingsGagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CASolo
2012Photographs 1951–2010 -  BOZARPalais des Beaux-Arts / Paleis voor Schone Kunsten, BrusselsSolo
2012Oriental Mirages, Pomegranates and Prickly PearsCollection Lambert, AvignonGroup
2012A WINDOW ON THE WORLD, from Dürer to Mondrian and beyondMuseo Cantonale d´Arte Lugano, LuganoGroup
2012From the Age of the PoetsAanant & Zoo, BerlinGroup
2012Art=Text=Art: Private Languages / Public SystemsJane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJGroup
2012The New York Collection for StockholmGeorgia Museum of Art, Athens, GAGroup
2012To the Museum of Modern DreamsStaatsgalerie Stuttgart, StuttgartGroup
2012Turner Monet TwomblyTate Liverpool, LiverpoolGroup
2012Minimalism - Not Stricly FormalMichael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2012My Private Passion – Sammlung Hubert LooserBank Austria Kunstforum, ViennaGroup
2012Micro ManiaGagosian Gallery, ParisGroup
2012PrintsDevin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TXGroup
2012SculptureGagosian Gallery, Hong KongGroup
2012Turner Monet Twombly – Later PaintingsStaatsgalerie Stuttgart, StuttgartGroup
2012In Living ColorFLAG Art Foundation, New York City, NYGroup
2011A private collection: Works on PaperGalerie Karsten Greve - St. Moritz, St. MoritzSolo
2011Photographien 1951-2010Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen, SiegenSolo
2011Cy Twombly: SculptureMoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NYSolo
2011Cy Twombly PrintsCraig F. Starr Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2011Lets Party For A Piece Of ArtPinakothek der Moderne, MunichGroup
2011The Private Collection of Robert RauschenbergGagosian Gallery , New York City, NYGroup
2011Contemporary Drawings from the Irving Stenn Jr. CollectionThe Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, ILGroup
2011Turner, Monet, TwomblyModerna Museet, StockholmGroup
2011Black Mountain College and Its LegacyLoretta Howard Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2011Ileana Sonnabend: An Italian PortraitSonnabend Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2011Made in ItalyGagosian Gallery, RomeGroup
2011Richter & Twombly : New EditionsWako Works of Art, TokyoGroup
2011The Last Grand TourMuseum of Cycladic Art, AthensGroup
2011Edition / Non EditionGalerie Meyer Kainer, ViennaGroup
2011Compass - Drawings from the Museum of Modern Art New YorkMartin-Gropius-Bau, BerlinGroup
2010Camino RealGagosian Gallery, ParisSolo
2010I Believe in Miracles - 10thanniversary of the Lambert CollectionCollection Lambert, AvignonGroup
2010THE BIENNIAL WINTER SALON 2010Elga Wimmer PCC, New York City, NYGroup
2010REVELATIONS IISAGE Paris, ParisGroup
201025th Anniversary ShowMichael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2010From a collection of Abstract Works on Paper 1941 - 1971Cheim & Read, New York City, NYGroup
2010The Esprit of Gestures. Hans Hartung, Informel and Its ImpactKupferstichkabinett, BerlinGroup
2010Painting, Process and ExpansionMuseum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig - MUMOK , ViennaGroup
2010Calder to Warhol: Introducing the Fisher CollectionSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art - SFMOMA, San Francisco, CAGroup
2010Less is More: Pictures, Objects, Concepts From the Collection and Archive of Herman and Nicole Daled 1966-1978Argos, BrusselsGroup
2010Modern TimesDe La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on SeaGroup
2010Vertical Thoughts: Morton Feldman and the Visual ArtsIrish Museum of Modern Art - IMMA, DublinGroup
2010Collecting BiennialsWhitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NYGroup
2010Modern Times: responding to chaosKettle's Yard, Cambridge, CambridgeshireGroup
2009Cy Twombly: Treatise on the VeilThe Menil Collection, Houston, TXSolo
2009Leaving Paphos Ringed with WavesGagosian Gallery, AthensSolo
2009Eigh SculpturesGagosian Gallery , New York City, NYSolo
2009The Natural World, Selected Works 2000-2007The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, ILSolo
2009The RoseGagosian Gallery, LondonSolo
2009MOCA´s First Thirty YearsMOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2009Karsten Greve, 20 years in ParisGalerie Karsten Greve - Paris, ParisGroup
2009Wordscapes: Text as Image in Contemporary ArtThe Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MNGroup
2009Assembled Realities and Small TreasuresIKON Ltd, Santa Monica, CAGroup
2009The Passionate Pursuit: Gifts and Promised Works from Donna and Cargill MacMillan, Jr.Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CAGroup
2009Die Kunst ist super! - Hamburger BahnhofMuseum für Gegenwart, BerlinGroup
2009SummertimeGalerie Wild - Zürich, ZurichGroup
2009Zum Strand - To the beachGalerie Stefan Röpke, CologneGroup
2009Mapping the Studio: Artists from the Francois Pinault CollectionPalazzo Grassi - Francois Pinault Foundation, VeniceGroup
2009FLOWER POWERCraa Centro di ricerca arte attuale Villa Giulia, VerbaniaGroup
2009In The Making... - Werke aus den SammlungenHamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, BerlinGroup
2009After ImagePaula Cooper Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2009Compass in Hand: Selections from The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings CollectionMoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NYGroup
2009Collected VisionsBronx Museum of the Arts (BxMA), New York City, NYGroup
2009Drawings and WatercolorsSenior & Shopmaker Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2009Usa Print ShowJealous Gallery, LondonGroup
2008Photographs 1951-2007Huis Marseille stichting voor fotografie, AmsterdamSolo
2008Cy Twombly: Cycles and SeasonsTate Modern, LondonSolo
2008Collector's EyeGana Art Gallery, SeoulGroup
2008Just PaperLeila Heller Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2008Notation. Kalkül und Form in den KünstenAdK - Akademie der Künste, BerlinGroup
2008View (Fourteen): Hooking UpMary Boone Gallery - 541 West 24 Street, New York City, NYGroup
2008Fourteen / Hooking UpMary Boone Gallery - 745 Fifth Avenue, New York City, NYGroup
2008A History of two Mountains IIAuto Italia South East, LondonGroup
2008Paintings & DrawingsMnuchin Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2008Selections from the Collection of Helga & Walther LauffsHubertus Exhibitions, ZurichGroup
2008Peripheral vision and collective bodyMUSEION - Museum für moderne und zeitgenössische Kunst , BolzanoGroup
2008Selections from the collection of Helga and Walther LauffsZwirner & Wirth, New York City, NY (closed, 2009)Group
2008Face to Face - The Daros Collections. Part2.Daros Exhibitions, ZurichGroup
2008True RomanceMuseum Villa Stuck, MunichGroup
2008Abstract VisionThomas Ammann Fine Art AG, ZurichGroup
2008Pictures in Series: Multiple Visions and Sequential ImageryFisher Landau Center For Art, New York City, NYGroup
2008Modern PrintsKlassische Moderne bis Pop Art - Galerie Proarta, ZurichGroup
2008Action PaintingFondation Beyeler, RiehenGroup
2007Three notes from SalalahGagosian Gallery, RomeSolo
2007Blooming: A Scattering of Blossoms and Other ThingsGagosian Gallery , New York City, NYSolo
2007True Romance - Allegorien der Liebe von der Renaissance bis heuteKunsthalle Wien (Museumsquartier), ViennaGroup
2007Contemporary and Cutting EdgeBruce Museum, Greenwich, CTGroup
2007Pop Art is…Gagosian Gallery, LondonGroup
2007WaterThe Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, Saint Louis, MOGroup
2007Paper: Featuring traditional and innovative uses of the mediumFisher Landau Center For Art, New York City, NYGroup
2007What Is a Line? Drawings from the CollectionYale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CTGroup
2007Living, Looking, MakingGagosian Gallery, LondonGroup
2007Fast Forward: Contemporary Collections for the Dallas Museum of ArtDallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TXGroup
2006Cy TwomblySkulpturen - Alte Pinakothek, MunichSolo
2006Busy going crazy. the Sylvio Perlstein collectionLa Maison Rouge, ParisGroup
2006Twice Drawn - The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art GallerySkidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NYGroup
2006Group Dynamic - Portfolios, Series, and SetsDes Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IAGroup
2006Jane Buyers,Suzy Lake, Donald Baechler, Jim Dine, Jay Isaac, Paul Morrison and Cy Twombly Natural SelectionPaul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto, ONGroup
2006Summer Selections: Portraits - Places - PerspectivesJack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2006Marks of Intention. Abstract Art on Paper 1945-2005The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MNGroup
2006Selections From The Werner H. Kramarsky CollectionBirmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, ALGroup
2006Where are we going - Selections from the Francois Pinault CollectionPalazzo Grassi - Francois Pinault Foundation, VeniceGroup
2006Figures in the Field - Figurative Sculpture and Abstract Painting from Chicago CMuseum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), Chicago, ILGroup
2006Line and Surface - Works on PaperPeter Blum Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2005BacchusGagosian Gallery , New York City, NYSolo
2005LepantoMFAH - Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TXSolo
2005Zoo Story: An exhibition of animals in art - for the young and the young at heartFisher Landau Center For Art, New York City, NYGroup
2005Looking at WordsAndrea Rosen Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2005Artists of the GalleryThomas Ammann Fine Art AG, ZurichGroup
2005BIG BANG - Centre PompidouMusée National d´Art Moderne, ParisGroup
2005Cy Twombly: Fifty Years of Works On PaperThe Menil Collection, Houston, TXGroup
2005Do it yourself - Positionen von den sechziger Jahren bis Heute  -  Hamburger BahnhofMuseum für Gegenwart, BerlinGroup
2005Drawings: 1945 to nowRussell Bowman Art Advisory, Chicago, ILGroup
2005Wilder a tribute to the Nicholas Wilder Gallery, Los Angeles 1965-1979Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2005EvergreenInverleith House, Edinburgh, ScotlandGroup
2005Contemporary Voices: Works from the UBS Art CollectionMoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NYGroup
2005Imageless Icons: Abstract ThoughtsGagosian Gallery, LondonGroup
2005Counting the Ways: Word As ImageFisher Landau Center For Art, New York City, NYGroup
2004Cy Twombly - Ten Paintings and a SculptureGagosian Gallery, LondonSolo
2004Cy Twombly - Fifty Years of Works on PaperWhitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NYSolo
2004Cy Twonbly: Fifty Years of Works on PaperSerpentine Gallery, LondonSolo
2004Cy Twombly - Centre PompidouMusée National d´Art Moderne, ParisSolo
2004Suites - From the Permanent CollectionUniversity of Massachusetts, Amherst, MAGroup
2004What´s modern?Gagosian Gallery , New York City, NYGroup
2004From a Collection - For a CollectionGalerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, DusseldorfGroup
2004Visions of America - Sammlung Essl Kunsthaus, KlosterneuburgGroup
2004PrintsNohra Haime Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2003Cy Twombly - 50 years on paperPinakothek der Moderne, MunichSolo
2003Cy Twombly at the HermitageThe State Hermitage Museum, St. PetersburgSolo
2003A Gathering of TimeGagosian Gallery , New York City, NYSolo
2003The Spirit of WhiteGalerie Beyeler, BaselGroup
2003Drawing Modern - Works from the Agnes Gund CollectionThe Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OHGroup
2003Happiness - A Survival Guide for Art and LifeMori Art Museum, TokyoGroup
2003Pencil: Drawings from the CollectionMoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NYGroup
2003Simple MarksCheim & Read, New York City, NYGroup
2003Embracing the Present - The UBS Art CollectionThe Contemporary Austin, Austin, TXGroup
200350th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale / Biennale di VeneziaLa Biennale di Venezia, VeniceGroup
2003Raid the IceboxMargo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2003Not Exactly PhotographsFraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2003Magic MarkersDes Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IAGroup
2003Rendez-vous #4Collection Lambert, AvignonGroup
2002Cy Twombly: letter of resignationZwirner & Wirth, New York City, NY (closed, 2009)Solo
2002LepantoAlte Pinakothek, MunichSolo
2002Inverleith HouseEdinburgh, ScotlandSolo
2002Audible Silence - Cy Twombly at DarosDaros Exhibitions, ZurichSolo
2002LepantoGagosian Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2002Black Mountain College: Una aventura americanaMuseo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, MadridGroup
2002An American Legacy, A Gift to New YorkWhitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NYGroup
2002From Pop to Now: Selections from the Sonnabend CollectionThe Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NYGroup
2002The Physical World - An Exhibition Of Painting And SculptureGagosian Gallery , New York City, NYGroup
2002V.I.P. 1 - Very Important PiecesMuseum Morsbroich, LeverkusenGroup
2002A Silent PoetryTimothy Taylor Gallery, LondonGroup
2001Cy Twombly - the sculptureThe National Gallery of Art, Washington, DCSolo
2001Rendez-vous #3Collection Lambert, AvignonGroup
2001All AmericanGreenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2001Black + White Post War ArtSimon C Dickinson Ltd, LondonGroup
200149th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale / Biennale di VeneziaLa Biennale di Venezia, VeniceGroup
2001Drawing is Another Kind of LanguageHonolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, HIGroup
2001Eye of ModernismGeorgia O'Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, NMGroup
2000Coronation of SesostrisGagosian Gallery , New York City, NYSolo
2000Die Skulptur - 66 WerkeKunstmuseum Basel, BaselSolo
2000The Cities CollectWalker Art Center, Minneapolis, MNGroup
2000Off WhiteTony Shafrazi Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2000Art at Work: Forty Years of the Chase Manhattan CollectionQueens Museum of Art (QMA), New York City, NYGroup
2000Highlights of Late 20th-Century Art from the Sydney and Frances Lewis CollectionVirginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VAGroup
2000In th power of paintingModerna Museet, StockholmGroup
1999Primed & Unprimed: Paintings from 60s and 70sGreenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
1999Examining Pictures - Exhibition of 56 artists links generations of paintersMuseum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), Chicago, ILGroup
1998Eight Drawings Plus One Large PaintingBaldwin Gallery, Aspen, COSolo
1998Imagined WorldDavid Nolan Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
1997Ten SculpturesGagosian Gallery , New York City, NYSolo
1997Etchings of the Twentieth CenturyMargo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
1996Cy Twombly - PhotographsGagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CASolo
1996TanglesBen Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CAGroup
199623° Bienal de São PauloBienal de Sao Paulo, São PauloGroup
1996Black Grey & White - Part IIGalerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, DusseldorfGroup
1995Cy Twombly RetrospektiveNeue Nationalgalerie, BerlinSolo
1995Defining SpaceThe Menil Collection, Houston, TXGroup
1995SculptureAnthony d'Offay Gallery, London (closed, 2001)Group
1995MalfigurenMuseum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig - MUMOK , ViennaGroup
1995Drawing Room - Sammlung Speck KölnNeue Galerie Graz - Universalmuseum Joanneum, GrazGroup
1994Cy Twombly Untitled PaintingGagosian Gallery, London (closed)Solo
1993Cy Twombly: PhotographsMatthew Marks Gallery - 1018 Madison Avenue, New York City, NY (closed, 1997)Solo
1993Works on Paper  Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London (closed, 2001)Group
1991SummertimeTony Shafrazi Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
1990Light Seed - Watari-UmWatari Museum of Contemporary Art, TokyoGroup
1990American Masters of the 60'sTony Shafrazi Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
1989Drawing as itselfNMAO National Museum of Art Osaka, OsakaGroup
1988Collection SonnabendCAPC - Musée d'art contemporain, BordeauxGroup
1988Contempory American ArtSara Hildén Art Museum, TampereGroup
1987Paintings and Works on Paper and The North African Book Sketchbook 1953Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London (closed, 2001)Solo
1987Works on PaperAnthony d'Offay Gallery, London (closed, 2001)Group
1987XXXth Anniversary The First Fifteen Years Part 1Leo Castelli Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
1986Les Annees 60Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, ParisGroup
1986Unique BooksAnthony d'Offay Gallery, London (closed, 2001)Group
1984LégendesCAPC - Musée d'art contemporain, BordeauxGroup
1983Works on PaperAnthony d'Offay Gallery, London (closed, 2001)Group
198225th Anniversary Exhibition of Leo CastelliLeo Castelli Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
1981Works on Paper 1954-1976Orange County Museum of Art, Newport BeachSolo
1981A new Spirit of PaintingRoyal Academy of Arts, LondonGroup
1980ArtemesiaICA - Institute of Contemporary Arts London, LondonGroup
1979Graphics by…L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CAGroup
1977Fine Paintings and DrawingsMargo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
1976WatercolorsLeo Castelli Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
1975Paintings, Drawings, Constructions, 1951-1974San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - SFMOMA, San Francisco, CASolo
1973Bilder 1953 - 1972Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus & Kunstbau, MunichSolo
1973Cy Twombly - Bilder 1953 - 1972Kunsthalle Bern, BernSolo
1953Cy Twombly: Paintings and DrawingsStable Gallery, New York City, NY (closed, 1970)Solo