Audible Presence: Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, Cy Twombly - Lévy Gorvy
  • Audible Presence: Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, Cy Twombly

  • Installation view of the exhibition Audible Presence: Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, Cy Twombly

  • Installation view of the exhibition Audible Presence: Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, Cy Twombly

  • Audible Presence: Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, Cy Twombly

  • Installation view of the exhibition Audible Presence: Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, Cy Twombly

  • Installation view of the exhibition Audible Presence: Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, Cy Twombly

Audible Presence: Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, Cy TwomblyExhibitions

New York
September 18 - November 16, 2013

Audible Presence: Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, Cy Twombly

Spanning a thirty year period, Audible Presence reveals moments of conceptual and formal resonance between carefully selected works of art by Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, and Cy Twombly. While the monochromatic surfaces on view – cut, pressed, burned, inscribed, or otherwise violated – reflect distinct dynamic, sensual, and romantic approaches to abstraction, they emerged from a shared Mediterranean climate and engagement with an international community of influential dealers and critics.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Dominique Lévy presented New York City's first public performance of Yves Klein's Monotone-Silence Symphony, which was performed only once during the artist’s brief lifetime, on the night of March 9, 1960 as one part of the happening Anthropometries de l'époque bleue at the Galerie internationale d'art contemporain in Paris. This powerful perceptual encounter will unfold over 40 minutes. Seventy musicians and singers will hold a single continuous tone for a 20-minute period. The performers then will remain frozen and motionless in observance of a 20-minute period of absolute silence.


Selected Works


"Audible Presence" Echoes At Dominique Lévy

March 22, 2017

Dominique Lévy brings together the romantic abstractions of Yves Klein, Lucio Fontana, and Cy Twombly with "Audible Presence."

Selected Press

Kunstzeitung | Konkurrenz oder willkommene Ergänzung?

January 31, 2014

Im Dezember feierte die Paul Kasmin Gallery das Jubiläum von Constantin Brancusis erstem Auftritt in …

LA Times | Moving sound to anywhere but the concert hall

December 28, 2013

NEW YORK — This has been the season of the concert hall. The one named after Walt Disney turned 10. …

Gallerist | The Year in, and Beyond, the Galleries

December 18, 2013

It’s been brutal trying to whittle down a “best of” list for 2013, but the top slot? That’s easy: …

The New York Times | ‘Audible Presence: Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, Cy Twombly’

November 1, 2013

A beautiful show of often little-known works by three revered artists, all of whom exaggerated or abused …

The New York Times | Paola Pivi - ‘Ok, you are better than me, so what?’; ‘Audible Presence’

October 17, 2013

There are several ways to describe the frisson between the shows with which Galerie Perrotin, of Paris, …

Blouin Artinfo | “Audible Presence” Echoes At Dominique Lévy

October 14, 2013

For the inaugural exhibition at Dominique Lévy’s new gallery on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the …

Haute Living | Haute Event: Dominique Lévy Celebrates New Gallery

October 7, 2013

Connoisseur, collector, advisor, and gallerist Dominique Lévy is admired internationally as a leading …

The New York Times | Shhh. Silence Being Observed.

October 4, 2013

There’s been a lot of noise about silence lately. Last month, art and music lovers poured into an Upper …

New Yorker | Audible Presence: Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, Cy Twombly

October 1, 2013

This seductive show, the gallery’s first, borrows its title from Klein’s description of his rarely …

Art Observerd | New York: “Audible Presence: Fontana Klein Twombly” at Dominique Lévy Through November 16th, 2013

September 26, 2013

Twenty minutes of continuous, monotone sound, followed by twenty minutes of absolute silence

The Daily Beast | Woman as Fancy Slit?

September 26, 2013

This is “Spatial Concept: Portrait of Iris Clert”, painted by Lucio Fontana in 1961 and now on loan …

Bloomberg | Kate Moss Overalls, Blue Rain, Edmund de Waal: Uptown Art

September 24, 2013

A turquoise bear is ready to drop onto his colorful siblings from the ceiling of 909 Madison Avenue, …

Purple FR | Audible Presence: Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, Cy Twombly at Dominique Lévy Gallery, New York

September 23, 2013

Image Gallery

CBS News | Passage: A concert of note

September 22, 2013

It was the New York premiere of the “Monotone-Silence Symphony.” Conceived by the late French artist …

Cool Hunting | Link About It: This Week's Picks

September 21, 2013

12. Silence and Symphony Swiss-born Dominique Lévy—a powerhouse in the contemporary art market—rose …

Vogue | Two Art Shows Featuring Works by Paola Pivi, Yves Klein, Lucio Fontana, and Cy Twombly

September 20, 2013

“I love bears” Paola Pivi explained on the opening day of her new Galerie Perrotin on Madison and …

Observer | ‘This Symphony Does Not Exist’: At Dominique Lévy’s Performance of Yves Klein’s ‘Monotone-Silence’

September 19, 2013

There are many ways to open a new gallery. On Tuesday night, the irrepressible Frenchman Emmanuel Perrotin …

The New York Times | The Storm Before the Calm: Strange Sounds Emerge From ‘Monotone-Silence Symphony’

September 19, 2013

I thought I heard bagpipes. I thought I heard snippets of Philip Glass’s “1000 Airplanes on the Roof.” …

Animal New York | Hear Last Night's Yves Klein Monotone-Silence Symphony Performance

September 19, 2013

Last evening at the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, an orchestra and a chorus performed Yves Klein’s …

The Daily Beast | A Silence Worth 1,000 Pictures

September 19, 2013

This untitled blue monochrome, painted by Yves Klein in 1956, is just a standin for another, unreproducible …

The Styley | Audible Prescence at Dominique Levy

September 18, 2013

Does anyone remember the Rag & Bone outpost on Madison and East 73rd Street? I do, and fondly.

Interview Magazine | An Audible Presence in New York

September 18, 2013

Imagine 20 minutes of a blaring single note, emitted in unison by a symphony and a choir. Imagine it …

DuJour | Yves Klein Uptown Moment

September 18, 2013

When she was just 13 years old, in the late 70s, Swiss born New York gallerist Dominique Levy was given …

SFAQ | Review: “Audible Presence”, Fontana, Klein, Twombly at Dominique Lévy, New York.

September 17, 2013

The glamorous “L” of L&M Arts has just opened the first show of her new eponymous gallery Dominique …

whitewall | Top Exhibitions Opening This Week

September 17, 2013

Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, Cy Twombly: “Audible Presence” at Dominique Lévy Gallery September 18 …

The New York Times | A Sound, Then Silence

September 17, 2013

The sound, a D major chord produced by an orchestra and a chorus, begins abruptly, full force, and fills …

Departures Magazine | Two New York Gallery Shows Not to Miss

September 16, 2013

In 1960 Yves Klein debuted his 40-Minute-Monotone-Symphony, a single toned work conceived 13 years earlier …

Art in America | Dominique Lévy Launches Upper East Side Venue

September 16, 2013

Dealer Dominique Lévy had been searching without success for Upper East Side real estate for her new …

The Village Voice | Art Fall Picks 2013

September 4, 2013

In 1971, L.A. artist Chris Burden spent five days jammed inside a school locker. Later that year, he …

Architectural Digest | Emmanuel Perrotin and Dominique Levy Create Manhattan's Newest Contemporary Art Destination

August 31, 2013

The most anticipated gallery opening of New York’s young fall season is actually a two-for-one.

Artdaily | Dominique Levy to inaugurate new gallery with masterworks by Fontana, Klein, and Twombly

August 5, 2013

Dominique Levy announced her gallery’s new home in New York City and the inaugural exhibition Inaudible …

The New York Times | Yves Klein’s ‘Monotone’ Symphony Is Headed to New York

August 1, 2013

On March 9, 1960, 100 people, all in black tie, gathered in a Paris gallery to see the artist Yves Klein …

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