Catalogue Raisonné

Jack Tworkov (1900-1982) “Blue Note,” 1959, Oil on canvas, 79 x 31 3/4 inches, Private Collection, New York

Jack Tworkov: The Works on Canvas – A Catalogue Raisonne Project.

The Estate of Jack Tworkov in collaboration with panOpticon is pleased to announce the publication of the online Catalogue Raisonné of Works on Canvas by Jack Tworkov. This is the first online catalogue raisonné of its kind released free to the public on the web.

Jack Tworkov (1900-1982) was a founding member of the New York School and is regarded as one of the prominent figures, along with Willem de Kooning, Philip Guston, Jackson Pollock, and Franz Kline, whose gestural paintings of the 1950s formed the basis for the abstract expressionist movement in America. With a career spanning five-decades, this new website and online catalogue highlights Tworkov’s historic presence and significant contribution to American Art of the 20th Century. In 2009 the artist’s writings were compiled and published in the book Extreme of the Middle: Writings of Jack Tworkov by Yale University Press.

The Tworkov Catalogue Raisonné Project is like no other of its kind. It is the first catalogue raisonné to be offered online and free to the public. It is also unique in that unlike the traditional print versions of the catalogue raisonné, which typically go out of date the moment they are printed, the Tworkov Catalogue Raisonné project as it is virtual, is open-ended and on-going accommodating new research.

The Tworkov Catalogue Raisonné is organized, compiled and edited by Jason Andrew, who has been the Manager/Curator/Archivist at the Estate since 2004. Mr. Andrew was responsible for organizing and curating countless exhibitions of the artist’s work including Jack Tworkov / Against Extremes: Five Decades of Paintings, which was the first comprehensive retrospective exhibition of the artist’s work ever held in New York City in 2009. The exhibition subsequently traveled to the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. In 2010, Mr. Andrew organized and curated Jack Tworkov: The Accident of Choice which featured the artist at Black Mountain College, 1952. The accompanying catalogue offered an historic accounting of Tworkov friendship with Franz Kline, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Stefan Wolpe, and the young Robert Rauschenberg.

The catalogue is founded on the artist’s inventories, journals, and extensive personal archive. These textural references and notes which were maintained throughout the artist’s life and was continued by his late wife, Rachel ‘Wally’ Tworkov, are at the core of the catalogue. The catalogue also benefits from the active participation of the artist’s two daughters, Hermine Ford and Helen Tworkov.

Advisors to the catalogue include:
David Anfam, art historian, critic and curator whose publications include Mark Rothko: The Works on Canvas-A Catalogue Raisonné (1998) and Abstract Expressionism: A World Elsewhere (2008).

Heidi Colsman-Freyberger, Executive Director of the Barnett Newman Foundation, has been involved with various catalogue raisonné projects. She was editor of Egon Schiele (1990) and compiler of Barnett Newman (2004). Ongoing catalogue raisonné projects are the paintings and sculptures of Jasper Johns and Richard Serra’s oeuvre.

The online database is designed by the innovative team at panOpticon whose experience in the field of catalogue design software includes the catalogues raisonnés of Paul CézanneMary Cassatt, Roy Lichtenstein, and Sam Francis to name a few.

Jack Tworkov’s career stretched five decades. The catalogue reflects much of our research to date in our effort to compile a complete inventory of the works on canvas by Jack Tworkov.  Works on paper are included only if they relate directly as studies for paintings. This catalogue project is a viable interactive resource which will continue to develop beyond this initial introduction.

The gathering of images, references, and materials related to Jack Tworkov is ongoing. We are currently conducting a search for all unique works made by the artist, including paintings, works on paper, as well as correspondence, audio and video recordings, and any other documentation relevant to creating the definitive statement on Tworkov. We welcome input from the public.

The launch of this catalogue, on September 4, 2012, is chosen to mark the 30th anniversary of the artist’s death.

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Rights and reproduction requests should be directed to Visual Artists and Galleries Association (VAGA).
For further information on the catalogue project or to report of work by Jack Tworkov,
please direct your inquiry here or call: 646-361-8512.