Cy Twombly grew up in Lexington, Virginia. He was the son of a professional baseball player Cy Twombly Sr, who had a short major league career pitching for the Chicago White Sox. Both men were nicknamed "Cy" after legendary pitcher Cy Young...
Jean-Michel Basquiat first attracted attention for his graffiti under the name "SAMO" in New York City. He sold sweatshirts and postcards featuring his artwork on the streets before his painting career took off. He collaborated with Andy Warhol in the mid-1980s, which resulted in a show of their work.
Helen Frankenthaler was eminent among the second generation of postwar American abstract painters and is widely credited for playing a pivotal role in the transition from Abstract Expressionism to Color Field painting. Through her invention of the soak-stain technique, she expanded the possibilities of abstract painting, while at times referencing figuration and landscape in unique ways. She produced a body of work whose impact on contemporary art has been profound and continues to grow.
Franz Kline was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Kline studied art at Boston University and art school in London. He worked as a designer for a department store in Buffalo, N.Y. Then he moved to NYC, where in 1939 his work was "discovered" at an outdoor exhibition.