The exhibition features 30 new and recent works—much of it not shown previously in the United States and none of it in a U.S. museum—including paintings on canvas, paintings on paper, and sculpture. The Art Institute’s show was Twombly’s first in Chicago since his earliest solo exhibition occurred there in 1951. Much of Twombly’s new work interprets the natural world, often through references to garden, landscape, and place. The exhibition, accompanied by a 96 page catalogue, was organized for the Art Institute by Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, James Rondeau.
The Art Institute of Chicago received a grant in support of the exhibition Cy Twombly: The Natural World, Selected Works 2000-2007, which opened for the debut of the Institute’s new Modern Wing Abbott Galleries in May 2009.