Francis Frost to offer prints by Twrkv

Jack Tworkov, prints, lithograph, 1970s, Tamarind Institute, Francis Frost

The Estate of Jack Tworkov is pleased to announce a new relationship with Francis Frost who will now represent the Estate in offering for sale the lithographs, etchings and silkscreens of Jack Tworkov. This marks the first concerted effort to make this rare material available to the public.

Jack Tworkov began making prints in the mid-1960s. Experimenting over the years with a range of different print processes, he continued to make prints until his death in 1982, creating twenty-six works in total (of which nineteen will be available for sale). Many of these works were printed in small editions and consequently rarely appear on the market.

Tworkov's first prints were a series of five black and white lithographs printed in 1965 at Hollander Workshop on Tenth Street in New York (where many of his peers, including Willem de Kooning, Esteban Vicente and Philip Guston had produced notable prints). The first three works in the group related to Tworkov's Barrier Series paintings of the late 1950s and early 1960s and then, in L#3 and L#4, Tworkov created prints that relate directly to themes he was working on in his paintings at that time.

Tworkov was to create series of prints until the end of his life. They mirrored directly the changes taking place in his paintings. A series of silkscreens was printed in the early-1970s that matched his densely painted oils of those years; a fruitful relationship with Landfall Press in Chicago resulted in the printing of both lithographs and etchings exploring geometric themes; and a very productive visit to Tamarind Institute in New Mexico produced a series of eight lithographs that show Tworkov's development of variations on a theme in a series of closely-related to the paintings from the artist’s Alternative Series. Paintings from this series can be viewed through the catalogue raisonne.

Tworkov's prints provide a condensed overview of the development of his late style of painting, which introduced a rigid geometric structure where in Tworkov continued his characteristic gestural painterly brushwork. Loose grids appeared in Tworkov's paintings beginning in the late 1950s and  the early 1960s. By 1968 strongly delineated grids of squares and diagonals start to define the picture surface; the gestural or painterly lines and color are still present but they are increasingly constrained within the geometric framework. Tworkov had been interested in mathematics for many years, and by using simple number sequences such as the Fibonacci series he was able to use these numerical 'rules' as the guideline for the structure of the print or painting. In many of the prints it is fascinating to see how Tworkov utilized the different print mediums to get the painterly feel he still wanted within the geometric forms; the light red lithographic wash in the background of TL #8, the clusters of loosely etched parallel lines in Intaglio Print #1, or the smoky aquatint ground in LF-SF-E #4.

Tworkov’s prints are represented in many public collections including Cleveland Museum of Art, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Indiana, Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, and the Tate Modern, London, among others.

Francis Frost is a private art dealer with over twenty-five years experience in the field of fine prints. After running the print department at Phillips Auctioneers in New York. He became a private dealer in 1989, specializing in nineteenth and twentieth century prints. In the early 1990s Frost maintained a gallery on 57th Street in New York, holding various exhibitions of mid-twentieth century abstract prints and drawings, and since 1999 he has been a private dealer based in Newport, Rhode Island.

Over the past eight years Francis Frost has been specializing in abstract art from the 1960s through 1980s, with a special interest in hard-edged and geometric art from the period, and has one of the most specialized inventories of this style of work. Frost has sold to many of the most prestigious museums in the country, and has worked closely over the years with countless private individuals in forming significant collections of abstract prints, drawings and paintings. His current inventory includes prints by Norman Ives, Sol Lewitt, Louise Nevelson and Paul Shore. For a complete list of available works including works by Jack Tworkov visit: