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Photograph by Taylor Dabney
Jack Tworkov (American, born in Poland, 1900-1982), KTL#1, 1982, lithograph on Rives BFK paper, image 24 x 24 inches, Joel and Lila Harnett Print Study Center, University of Richmond Museums, Museum purchase, H2019.02.31. © Estate of the artist.
Exhibition
Aug 20, 2019
throughJul 05, 2020

Structure & Gesture: Abstract Prints by Jack Tworkov

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Jack Tworkov (American, born in Poland, 1900-1982) came to prominence in the 1950s as a pivotal member of the New York School of Abstract Expressionism. Along with artists such as Willem de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Mark Rothko, and Jackson Pollock, he was part of the 8th Street Club, generally regarded as responsible for introducing the New York School style to the American public. His work from this period was highly gestural abstraction. In the 1960s, his painting moved towards a more geometrical and structural format, and he often echoed his themes in his prints.

The artist wrote of his process, “The limits impose a kind of order, yet the range of unexpected possibilities is infinite.” The prints in this exhibition, from 1975 to 1982, remain expressive yet aptly demonstrate his self-imposed rules and structures. The works exemplify the artist’s abiding interest in mathematics, geometry, and in particular his use of the Fibonacci sequence as a fundamental organizing concept in his compositions. He stated, “I soon arrived at an elementary system of measurements implicit in the geometry of the rectangle which became the basis for simple images that I had deliberately given a somewhat illusionistic cast.”