New York

Jack Tworkov

Nancy Hoffman Gallery

Jack Tworkov is 77. He recently exhibited 12 new canvases and 4 smaller pieces. These new works, in which he claims to consider “line and painterly mass” anew, form an accomplished exercise.

Untitled (Q1-76-#1) would seem to be the progenitive work in the show. The canvas surface, 80 inches square, is broken up into segments described by varying acute and obtuse angles. The angles radiate from a single point, where vertical and horizontal lines intersect, and where, in many of the works, a red dot is found (like coordinate points plotting material stress in some engineering diagram). In the lower left-hand section of the work at hand a square, broken into numerous rectangles, wedges and rhomboids, would seem to stabilize the work. From within the sides of this square the widening angularity of the lines, the painting’s various geometric forms, and all of its colors, emanate.

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