Gagosian presents Sally Mann’s visual memories of Cy Twombly in Athens

Gagosian presents Sally Mann’s visual memories of Cy Twombly in Athens
“There is a sense of immutable, eternal life. And in these new works there is a sense about Cy’s own continuum—the ongoing quality of his great legacy and his art—it’s not a memorialization, it’s a living thing” says Sally Mann. The renowned photographer’s work, known for her images of intimate and familiar subjects rendered both sublime and disquieting (such as children, landscape, family, and mortality) is in display for the first time in Athens.

Gagosian is pleased to present “Remembered Light”. In this exhibition of colour and black-and-white photographs, taken between 1999 and 2012, she records in fleeting impressions the studio of the late Cy Twombly, her close friend and mentor.  Following presentations at Gagosian New York, Paris, and Rome, this exhibition marks Mann’s first dedicated exhibition in Greece.

Twombly and Mann were both born and raised in the southeastern state of Virginia. The landscape to which he returned each year is also the memory scape of Mann’s connection to him. In her recent and celebrated memoir Hold Still (2015), which was nominated for the National Book Award for Nonfiction, Mann recalls Twombly’s elemental nature, his Southern courtesy, his wry and gentle humor. Of their friendship she writes, “Our part of the South, remote, beautiful, and patinaed with the past, allows us such a remove, the distance of another time.”

Under Mann’s gaze, and the warm light of Virginia, the accumulations and ordinary objects in Twombly’s studio reveal themselves not only as evidence of a richly imaginative and cultivated life lived and marked by tactility, but also as the overflow of his general modus operandi—in Simon Schama’s words, “the leftovers, smears, and stains, and an absence turned into a presence.”

Mann’s poetic images of time recorded capture fragments and deposits of Twombly’s artistic life. As well, they speak to her deft, sharp ability to record interiority and her singular eye for the immediate, the intimate, and the present becoming memory.

A fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by Simon Schama, and a conversation between Sally Mann and Edmund de Waal, published by Abrams, accompanies these works.

Photo via Gagosian Athens / Twitter

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