Sunday, November 4, 2018 - 5:00pm
2421 Bissonnet St
Houston, TX 77005

Josh Rivkin will be in conversation with Nora Pierce

The first book to explore the life of Cy Twombly, one of the most important and influential artists of the Twentieth Century.

Cy Twombly was a man obsessed with myth and history--including his own. Shuttling between his stunning homes in Italy and the United States, where he perfected his room-size canvases, he managed his public image carefully and rarely gave interviews. 

Upon first seeing Twombly's remarkable paintings, author Joshua Rivkin became obsessed himself with the mysterious artist, and began chasing every lead, big or small--anything that might illuminate who Twombly really was. 

Now, after unprecedented archival research and years of interviews, Rivkin has reconstructed Twombly's life, from his time at the legendary Black Mountain College, to his canonization in a 1979 Whitney retrospective; from his heady explorations of Rome in the 1950s with Robert Rauschenberg, to the ongoing efforts to shape his legacy after his death.

Including previously unpublished photographs, Chalk presents a more personal and searching type of biography than we've ever encountered, and brings to life a more complex Twombly than we've ever known.

Nora Pierce is the author of the novel The Insufficiency of Maps (Atria/Simon and Schuster), a Barnes and Noble Great New Writers title and a finalist for the NCIBA Book of the Year Award. She was a Wallace Stegner Fellow and lecturer at Stanford University and a PEN/Rosenthal Fellow. She was most recently in residence at the Cité Internationale Des Arts in Paris.

Chalk: The Art and Erasure of Cy Twombly By Joshua Rivkin Cover Image
ISBN: 9781612197180
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Melville House - October 16th, 2018