Cy Twombly

Cy Twombly with Steve Bickley

Cy Twombly with Steve Bickley

 

"Cy wanted to work directly in clay, squeezing and shaping about 16 new works. I then made castings of 12 of these, some in multiples. However some we did not cast but left in wax. In total we made 20 castings and he would chisel and paint, wanting to keep the works darker in color than his usual applied white finish. Of the clay and assemblage pieces, fifteen were cast in bronze. They’d been initialed “CT” in the molds, initials that Cy personalized with a “hot stick” (a hot poker) when they came out of their casts."

Bone Yard/Untitled & Slices of Life, 2004

In a few cases, such as the so-called “Bone Yard,” two or more casts were made. Most of the pieces were left untitled and identified by measurements, though two had nicknames — besides “The Bone Yard,” there is another piece that has an uncanny resemblance to a loaf of bread; on it Cy wrote “Slice of Life” and mused, “the art historians will have fun with this.” The pieces were taken to Cy and he kept some of them on the windowsill of his storefront studio in downtown Lexington. Cy personally designed a “PF” metal stamp (standing for Price’s Fork” where Bickley lives) and was present when each of the sculptures was embossed with this seal. Cy Twombly had exacting personal standards and he was never completely resolved about the scale of some of the pieces; although signed, some of the pieces may have remained “unfinished” in his estimation..