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Cy Twombly


October 15 - December 4, 1993
1018 Madison Avenue

Press Release

Matthew Marks is pleased to announce his next exhibition will be Cy Twombly Photographs. The exhibition will consist of twenty-nine color photographs. This is the first time Twombly has exhibited work in this medium.

Cy Twombly began experimenting with color photography in the early 1980s. About four years ago he started working with the master printers Michel and Jean-Francois Fresson at the Atelier Fresson in Savigny sur Orge, France. The Fresson technique is a unique photographic printing process carried on exclusively by the Fresson family since 1990. The photographs which result have an unusually rich surface and extraordinary, saturated colors over which the artist is able to maintain exceptional control. Fresson prints are the most permanent photographic color images made today.

The subject matter of Twombly's photographs are flowers, trees and ancient Roman sculptures. The majority of the works in the exhibition have been put together by the artist into groups of five or six images. Theirs is similar to the way Twombly has presented his paintings and drawings in the past. While not as abstract as his work in other media, the photographs Twombly will show are close in feeling to his larger scale work and are important to an understanding of his subject matter and working methods.

The last exhibition in New York consisting of entirely new work by Cy Twombly was held in 1982.

A fully-illustrated hardcover catalogue with thirty color plates will be published to accompany the exhibition.

For further information or photographs please contact Matthew Marks at 212-861-9455.

The gallery is located at 1018 Madison Avenue between 78th and 79th Streets.

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