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Cy Twombly '53 Returns to Chicago

— by on May 11th, 2009

When The Art Institute of Chicago opens its new Modern Wing this week, the first show in the special exhibition space will feature the work of Cy Twombly ’53 in an exhibit titled “Cy Twombly: The Natural World, Selected Works 2000-2007.” Called “one of this generation’s greatest painters” by the museum’s director in an article in the Chicago Sun-Times, Twombly’s first solo exhibition in 1951 was in Chicago. In its story about the show, the Chicago Tribune calls it fitting that Twombly would open the Art Institute’s new gallery, writing that “No artist of his generation relied less on the publicity of Manhattan to make his high reputation.” The Web site of the Art Institute has a gallery with images of the work. You can also find many of Twombly’s images on his artist’s page at the Gagosian Gallery. The exhibit opens on Saturday, May 16, and continues through Sept. 13. The 81-year-old artist is expected to attend the opening.