Twrkv at David Klein Gallery, Michigan


David Klein Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of paintings and work on paper by the noted American abstract expressionist, Jack Tworkov. This is the first solo show of the artist’s work in the Detroit area since the Gertrude Kasle Gallery held an exhibition in 1971. An opening reception will take place on Saturday, February 2nd from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by Stephanie Buhmann. The catalogue can be purchased online here.

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Jack Tworkov (1900-1982) was born in Poland and immigrated to the United States at the age of 13. He had early aspirations of becoming a writer but after seeing an exhibition of paintings by Cézanne and Matisse for the first time, he decides to study art. He participated in the WPA where he befriended many artists that would later become the most influential in Post-World War II America. By the late 1940s Tworkov was named “one of the most masterful artists of his generation” by the critic Thomas B. Hess. His gestural paintings of the 1950’s along with Willem de Kooning, Philip Guston, Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline formed the basis for the abstract expressionist movement in the United States.

A majority of the works on view in this special exhibition date from 1948-1953 when Tworkov and Willem de Kooning had studios across the hall from one another on the second floor of 45 Fourth Avenue in downtown New York City. It was a vital time for both artists, which saw an equal critical exchange of ideas about abstraction between both artists.

In an interview with Phyllis Tuchman published in Artforum magazine in 1971, Tworkov stated: "I think that it's a very important aspect of an artist's work to learn from the unexpected, to learn from accident. But I believe for myself in a kind of reconciliation between that and thoughtfulness…I think that both are integral processes, that the problem is to keep the painting open to both impulses."

Jack Tworkov was a founding member of the New York School and his work is in many public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Detroit Institute of Art to name a few. Solo exhibition of Tworkov’s work have been mounted by the Baltimore Museum of Art (’48), the Walker Art Center (’57), The Whitney Museum of American Art (’64, ’71), the Toledo Museum of Art (’71), The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (’82), the Provincetown Art Association and Museum (2010), and most recently The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (2011).

For further information please contact:

Christine Schefman, Director David Klein Gallery 163 Townsend, Birmingham, MI 48009 248-433-3700 / Hours:  11:00 – 5:30, Monday – Saturday