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Cy Twombly Painting Sells for $70.5 Million to Fund OMA's LA Synagogue Extension

Cy Twombly Painting Sells for $70.5 Million to Fund OMA's LA Synagogue Extension

OMA's first ever building for a religious institution will be constructed with a little help from one of the United States' greatest 20th century artists. In an auction at Sotheby's in New York yesterday, Cy Twombly's 1968 "Untitled (New York City)" - one of the artist's notable "Blackboard Paintings" - sold for $70.5 million, $30 million of which will be donated to LA's Wilshire Boulevard Temple by the painting's owner, Audrey Irmas, to fund the temple's OMA-designed extension.

As reported by the LA Times, the synagogue's new "Audrey Irmas Pavilion" has been designed to be "clearly in dialogue" with the 1929 Byzantine revival temple, and will be used in the celebration of weddings and bar mitzvahs, as well as for meetings, conferences, and gala events by other nonprofit groups. Though the design has not yet been unveiled, the pavilion is currently slated for a 2019 opening.

Cy Twombly Painting Sells for $70.5 Million to Fund OMA's LA Synagogue Extension, The existing Wilshire Boulevard Temple in LA. Image © Flickr user: cwsteeds licensed under CC BY 2.0
The existing Wilshire Boulevard Temple in LA. Image © Flickr user: cwsteeds licensed under CC BY 2.0

Read more about OMA's design, Wilshire Boulevard Temple's plans, and the sale of the Cy Twombly painting, at the LA Times.

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Cite: Rory Stott. "Cy Twombly Painting Sells for $70.5 Million to Fund OMA's LA Synagogue Extension" 12 Nov 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/777076/cy-twombly-painting-sells-for-70-5-million-to-fund-omas-la-synagogue-extension/> ISSN 0719-8884
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