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RIP: Irving Sandler (1925-2018)

Irving Sandler, the historian and critic, died on Saturday, June 2 in Manhattan. He was 92. To celebrate this life and work, we are publishing the first to two interviews Irving Sandler conducted with Jack Tworkov in August 1957.

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From the Archives: JT on Soutine (ARTnews 1950)

On the occasion of the Chaim Soutine exhibition at the Jewish Museum in New York, aptly titled “Flesh,” we revisit the historic essay written by Jack Tworkov on Soutine’s retrospective at MoMA originally published in ARTnews in November 1950.

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JT: Rauschenberg’s Greatest Champion & Friend

JTwas one of the young Robert Rauschenberg’s relatively few admirers among the older generation of Abstract Expressionists. Estate Curator, Jason Andrew, offers this rare and historic insight into Rauschenberg’s unique relationship with JT.

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From the Archive: Thanksgiving at Hans Hofmann’s, Provincetown 1958

Sometimes the most memorable and historic moments in the art world are those that take place far from the grand stages of the worlds most famous galleries and museums. We have come to cherish these rare intimate moments captured in photographs where we see the solitary artist in their studio or a group scattered around a dinner table or crowding over a bar deep in conversation. This photo-essay features recently discovered negatives from the Tworkov Family Archive of a lively gathering of friends and family celebrating Thanksgiving 1958 at the Provincetown home of Hans Hofmann.

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2 major paintings by JT offered by Sotheby’s bridge 20 years of painting

Two important paintings by Jack Tworkov will be offered at Sotheby’s this March. The paintings bridge the gab of twenty years of painting.

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JT lectures at Skowhegan 1960

In the summer of 1960, Jack Tworkov was invited as a guest lecturer and visiting artist to Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. Rather than offering a prepared talk, Tworkov asks for questions from the audience and a spontaneous conversation ensues. Tworkov discusses his early education, abstract painting / abstract expressionism, role of a teacher, state of art education and the changes facing abstract painting versus figurative/subject.

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From the archives: JT at the Whitney circa 1964.

Jack Tworkov, Whitney Museum of American Art, Edward Brant, 1964, Tworkov

50 years ago this year the Whitney Museum of American Art opened a major survey of Jack Tworkov’s work featuring 60 paintings, 5 collages, and 19 drawings. The exhibition opened at the Whitney on March 25 and ran until May 3, 1964, then traveled to other American museums including the San Francisco Museum of Art and the Walker Art Center among others. Accompanying this historic exhibition was a substantial catalogue. In celebration of the 50th year of the exhibition, the catalogue essay written by Edward Bryant has been reproduced herein as well as the corresponding illustrations.

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JT featured in a day in the life of an artist @ Archives of American Art

Jack Tworkov, Tworkov, Archives of American Art, letters, archives

On view now through February 28, 2015 at the Lawrence A. Gleischman Gallery at the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institute, is an exciting exhibition featuring diaries of famous artists including Oscar Bluemner, Joseph Cornell, Helen Torr Dove, Blanche Lazzell, Charles Green Shaw, John Storrs, Karl and Marion Zerbe, and Jack Tworkov among others.

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Major painting by Tworkov rocks the fall auction season.

Jack Tworkov, Tworkov, New York School, Abstract Expressionism, New York

This fall, a major work by Jack Tworkov will be auctioned at Sotheby’s New York. Painted in 1957-58, “Queen II,” is a signature example of Tworkov’s Abstract Expressionist period. To mark the appearance of such work of this rarity, Jason Andrew, Manager/Curator of the Estate of Jack Tworkov offers a brief history of the painting and it’s relationship to it’s time and place.

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Tworkov Paints a Picture, Art News (May 1953).

Jack Tworkov, Rudy Burckhardt, Fairfield Porter, Tworkov Paints a Picture, Paints a Picture, Art News, Thomas B. Hess, House of the Sun

Published in Art News in May 1953, this article features Tworkov speaking candidly about a new series of paintings titled “House of the Sun.” Written by Fairfield Porter with photographs by Rudy Burckhardt, it was one of the first articles in an important new series titled “Paints a Picture.” The series was commissioned by the then editor of Art News, Thomas B. Hess and included features with Hans Hoffman, Willem de Kooning, Joan Mitchell and Jackson Pollock among others.

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