Tworkov begins to develop a mature style; spontaneous flame-like brushstrokes defined by grid.
JAN 23. Barnett Newman’s first one-man exhibition opens at Betty Parsons Gallery.
APR 21-23. Historic Artists’ Session held at Studio 35 at 35 East Eighth Street in Greenwich Village. Artists meet to discuss the current status of art in New York. In attendance are Janice Biala, Louise Bourgeois, Willem de Kooning, Adolph Gottlieb, Robert Motherwell, Barnett Newman, Ad Reinhardt, among others. Gottlieb suggests that the artist protest the juries selected for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's national contemporary art competition.
MAY. Participates in a group exhibition at Egan Gallery which includes “expressionistic nonfigurative” works by de Kooning, “geometrical variations” by Cavallon and Albers, and “figure studies,” by Tworkov and de Niro. (Stuart Preston. “Diversity Modern: An Italian Contemporary And Americans,” The New York Times, May 21, 1950.)
MAY 22. The open letter, signed by a few of the participants at the Artists’ Session, and protesting the Metropolitan Museum of Art for its anti-abstract bias in the selection of painters for the exhibit American Painting Today 1950 is published in The New York Times. “"18 Painters Boycott Metropolitan; Charge 'Hostility to Advanced Art.'" This group would later become known as the Irascibles.
JUN 12-JUL 29. Tworkov returns on faculty for the third summer at The American University, Washington, DC.
OCT 16. Franz Kline’s first one-man exhibition in New York opens at Charles Egan Gallery.
NOV. Art News publishes Tworkov’s essay The Wandering Soutine (Jack Tworkov. “The Wandering Soutine.” Art News, November 1950, vol. 47, no. 7, pp 31-33, 62). The essay has a major effect on the re-evaluation of Chaim Soutine’s work as interpreted by a contemporary painter. The essay connects abstract expressionism to modern European painting and advances the appreciation of figurative abstraction of Soutine’s work among his contemporaries, especially de Kooning (see Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan. de Kooning: An American Master. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2004, p. 312).
NOV 25. Participates in the Fourth Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA.
DEC 8. Metropolitan Museum of Art opens the controversial exhibition American Painting Today 1950.