Jack Tworkov’s Figural Drawings Illuminate his Legendary Abstractions
Etching and aquatint, 1979, signed in pencil, dated, titled and numbered "A.P. 3/35" (an artist's proof impression aside from the numbered edition of 100), printed at Landfall Press, Chicago and with their blindstamp in the lower-left sheet corner and ink stamp on the reverse, on BFK Rives paper; in excellent condition, framed in a thin white wood frame.
Plate 14 5/8 x 14 1/2 inches.
Sheet 29 3/4 x 22 inches
Signature: Signed in pencil.
Publisher: Landfall Press
Estate of the artist.
An early member of the New York School and a first-generation Abstract Expressionist, Jack Tworkov painted with gestural brushstrokes, emphasizing texture and line. His most characteristic work contains flashes of color against muted, monochromatic backgrounds, documenting his gestures and drawing attention to pigment and medium. In the second phase of his career, he abandoned his expressionistic practice for a more theoretical one and began to employ grid-like structures, geometric patterns, and other elements of Minimalism, although often deliberately damaging and deteriorating his paintings.
Polish-American, 1900-1982, Biala, Poland