Cy By Night: The Getty Acquires a Painter’s Lesser Known Photographs

The Getty recently announced the acquisition of its first Cy Twombly photographic works. And the museum certainly didn’t hold back—the new collection includes an impressive 29 photographs that span 57 years and a wide range of subject matter. Several of the photographs reference Twombly’s work in other media, lending unique insight into his interests and artistic process.

As James Cuno, president and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust, explains:

“This acquisition enhances the museum’s holdings of photographs by influential artists whose primary process lies outside the medium of photography, such as Edgar Degas, Thomas Eakins, Charles Sheeler, Ed Ruscha, and David Hockney.”

As of yet, no official announcements have been made regarding when the Getty will make the photographs available for public viewing.

Twombly rose to prominence in the 1950s with paintings that often deliberately undermined such popular movements as Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism and Conceptualism. He died on June 5 2011, in Rome, Italy.

Read the Getty press release here.

Kit Warchol