A founding member of the New York School, Jack Tworkov (1900–1982) is regarded as one of the great American artists of the 20th century, along with Willem de Kooning, Philip Guston, Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline, whose gestural painting of the 1950s formed the basis for the Abstract Expressionist movement in America.
By the time Tworkov arrived to teach painting at Black Mountain College in July 1952, his reputation as one of America’s premier painters was proven. A noted intellectual, Tworkov believed in being open to all forms of inspiration and expression. His interdisciplinary attitude and commitment to a balanced exchange of ideas made him one of the most inspiring teachers in the history of Black Mountain College. While at the school, he formed lasting relationships with composers John Cage, Morton Feldman, Stephan Wolpe, choreographer Merce Cunningham and the young artist Robert Rauschenberg to name a few.
This exhibition revisits Tworkov’s affiliation with Black Mountain College and includes a significant survey of the artist’s career including important works spanning three decades from 1952–1982.
This exhibition is organized by the Asheville Art Museum and guest curated by Jason Andrew, Curator and archivist at the Jack Tworkov Estate. Special thanks to the Jack Tworkov Estate, New York, NY.