JACK TWORKOV: AGAINST EXTREMES, Five Decades of Painting On view at The UBS Art Gallery, August 13 – October 27, 2009
Mitchell-Innes & Nash is pleased to announce Jack Tworkov : Against Extremes, Five Decades of Painting at The UBS Art Gallery. A founding member of the New York School, Jack Tworkov is regarded as one of its defining figures, along with Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline, whose paintings defined the Abstract Expressionist movement in America. Jack Tworkov: Against Extremes, Five Decades of Painting, on view from August 13 to October 27, 2009, offers a chronological arrangement of Tworkov's most celebrated works lent from prominent private and public collections including The Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, NY), The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, DC), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY), and The Provincetown Art Association and Museum (MA). The exhibition reflects the artist's transitions and evolutions over his influential five-decade career. Against Extremes is curated by Jason Andrew and will feature 26 paintings and related drawings, including many rarely seen works from the Estate of Jack Tworkov. The exhibition is accompanied by an essay by David Anfam, the noted historian and Mark Rothko scholar. 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. Challenging himself throughout his career, Tworkov said he was interested in "the extreme of the middle – the creative middle," struggling to surpass external pressures to conform to a particular style, while also fighting an internal battle of self-definition. JACK TWORKOV: AGAINST EXTREMES, Five Decades of Painting is made possible by UBS and organized by Norte Maar in association with the Estate of Jack Tworkov.