Stanley Twardowicz

American, 1917–2008

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Career highlights
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Whitney Biennial
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Bio

Stanley Twardowicz was an Abstract Expressionist and Color Field painter and photographer who frequented New York’s Cedar Tavern in the 1950s where he befriended Kline, Pollock, DeKooning and others. He showed extensively with influential post-war dealers like Peridot Gallery in New York and Virginia Dwan in Los Angeles. And, although he enjoyed several museum retrospectives over the course of his career, his work remains largely unknown to the marketplace. Twardowicz’ paintings from the late 1950s and early 1960s show him experimenting with Magna acrylic as well as oil and enamel. The paint was often poured directly to a flat canvas and combined while wet, resulting in a complex, fluid layering of color and texture. Other works belong to his “black on black” series which he executed during a prolonged bout with depression. These are moody, biomorphic images in subtle shades of black, dark gray, and tinged with a deep violet. All works are from the artist’s estate.

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