I just want to pinch myself over the fact that I have this book: Cy Twombly A Monograph by Richard leeman! I think its best to start with a little background story…When I was in college, I was talking to one of my professors about my work at the time and she said, ” You should check out Cy Twombly. I bet you would like him.” I had never heard of him up to that point, and so as soon as I got home, I looked him up. I immediately took a liking to Twombly’s flowing, organic lines and gestural style. And so I began researching him more and more, and asked for one of his books for Christmas that year (I think it was 2 or 3 years ago).
The catalogue that I was searching for turned out to be pretty expensive and EXTREMELY hard to find, so I eventually gave up on it completely. Long story short- my very kind mother tracked it down and completely surprised me this Christmas with the book I had been searching for years earlier! I am so lucky.
Anyway, now that I have completely bored you with my story, it is probably time to talk about the actually book! Wow- it is well over 300 pages of full and filled with over 350 color illustrations, and of course, pull-outs and text (biographical with loads of insight on each series). His hugely complex body of work is studied very closely by Leeman, the author. And serves as a document of the chronological progression of Twombly’s work as a painter, draftsman, and writer.
Not only would this book make a great edition to any book shelf or coffee table, it is a great read too- but a VERY lengthy one! It is currently one of my most prized possessions. If you are a fna of Twombly’s work, this is a must own monograph! And if you have some cash to burn, you can pick up a signed copy (only one available) for about $650! Note: At the time that I wrote this post I was only able to find two places that had one- two copies each for sale, and that is considered a lot based on when I was researching the book a while back.