The UBS Art Gallery presents New York City’s first comprehensive survey of the work of American painter Jack Tworkov (1900-1982). “Jack Tworkov: Against Extremes – Five Decades of Painting” reflects the artist’s transitions and evolutions over his five-decade career. A founding member of the New York School, Jack Tworkov is regarded as one of its defining figures, along with Willem de Kooning, Philip Guston, Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline, whose gestural paintings and dramatic strokes defined the Abstract Expressionist movement in America. “Against Extremes” will feature 26 paintings and related drawings, including many rarely seen works from the artist’s estate. Highlights range from the artist’s Social Realist paintings and drawings of the 1930s and 1940s, to major Abstract Expressionist canvases of the 1950s and 1960s, and finally to the geometrically inspired paintings of the 1970s and early 1980s.
A concurrent exhibition of the artist’s letters, notebooks, journals and photographs will be on view at the Archives of American Art’s New York Research Center and Gallery, also located in the UBS building. Additionally, The Extreme of the Middle: Writings of Jack Tworkov, edited by Mira Schor, has recently been published by Yale University Press.
“Jack Tworkov: Against Extremes – Five Decades of Painting,” curated by Jason Andrew. The UBS Art Gallery, New York, NY. Through October 27, 2009. Opening reception Thursday, August 20, 6-8 pm