New York

Jack Tworkov

Jack Tworkov enjoyed an exceptionally long and productive career. A charter member of the New York School, he first made his reputation as an Abstract Expressionist painter in the ’50s. In the mid-’60s, however, he turned away from the subjective, emotional bias implicit in Abstract Expressionism in favor of a clear-cut structural approach that he continued to develop until his death last year at the age of 82. The work in this show, dating from 1978 to 1982, reveals the power, persuasiveness, and pictorial probity of Tworkov’s late vision.

Tworkov’s obvious fascination with perspectival play and planar illusionism is evident throughout. These pictures seem to sound a purist message involving the artist’s desire to determine space, discern form, and thereby, combining logic and inspiration, to create distinctive images of harmonious order. The care with which Tworkov built his structures

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