September 30, 2009

jack tworkov / the extreme of the middle

Check out painter Jack Tworkov's work at the UBS Art Gallery New York, NY. The show runs from August 13-November 13, 2009.
"June 21." 1964. Oil on canvas. 62 x 80 in.

And coinciding with the show at UBS is the publication of a new collection of insightful writings by Jack Tworkov from Yale University Press, and edited by Mira Schor.

Jack Tworkov (1900–1982) was a significant figure of the Abstract Expressionist period. A noted painter, he was one of the first group of artists who defined the ideals of the New York School, along with Willem de Kooning, Barnett Newman, Ad Reinhardt, and Franz Kline, among others. This book, the first collection of Tworkov’s writings, sheds new light on the lives and studio practices of Tworkov and his colleagues as well as on Tworkov’s artistic theories and values.


These enlightening and intimate writings—personal journals and letters, teaching notebooks, correspondence with other artists, previously unpublished essays, and published articles—are introduced and annotated by Mira Schor, who provides an informed account of an important artist and thinker. The book is enriched by photographs by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Irving Penn, Arnold Newman, and Robert Rauschenberg; family photographs with Hans Hofmann, John Cage, Kline, and others; and reproductions of some of Tworkov’s finest work.

(images from mitchell-innes & nash)


"Variables," 1963. Oil on canvas. 56 x 80 in.

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