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Jack Tworkov

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum

Jack Tworkov’s is an exemplary body of work, the product of a lifelong devotion to painting. This exhibition was the first retrospective to survey Tworkov’s entire career of more than 50 years. It began with Tworkov’s early Cézannesque still lifes and figures, and traced his painstaking, often painful progression toward Abstract Expressionism, and his subsequent dissatisfaction with what he called its “enforced spontaneity”; and it articulated how this led to the development of his mature abstract style, with its signature meld of geometry and gesture.

Despite his associations with the New York School—and a lifetime of teaching and contact with younger artists—Tworkov pursued, with high integrity, a deliberately difficult and rather solitary path in his art. He was driven by a constant impulse to examine and question, and still admitted to doubt and anxiety in the last decade of his career.

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