Cy Twombly: Paintings and Sculpture 1951 and 1953
New York: Sperone Westwater, 1989. Very Good. Item #11446
New York: Sperone Westwater, 1989. First Edition, limited to 1500 copies. Tall quarto (34x28x1.5cm); 76pp. Twenty-seven full-page color plates. Two tipped-in B&W photographs; see note below. Gray textured paper with navy lettering on spine and front panel. Textblock is printed on two paper stocks: a heavy textured cream stock for opening and closing textual gatherings; coated heavy white stock for plates. Boards are square with light bumps at spine ends and a 1.5" split to front joint at tail. Binding is sound and pages unmarked.
A statement from artist Robert Motherwell, written in 1951, introducing youngster Twombly to the art world, opens the volume. The two handsome tipped-in photographs were taken by fellow artist Robert Rauschenberg, when Twombly and Rauschenberg were traveling as lovers in Italy and Morocco in the early 1950s.
This is the catalog for the Twombly exhibition at Sperone Westwater in New York City, running from 1 February to 1 April 1989. A pleasant typo on the title-page gives the month of publication as "Febraury 1989." But the Italian copyeditor—all the production work on this elegant volume was done in Rome—may be forgiven: vowels line up Italian style when typeset in Twombly's adopted home of Italy.