1970's

P73 #3, 1973  , Oil on canvas, 96 1/4 x 68 in. (244.5 x 172.7 cm) Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia; Gift of Mr. and Mrs. N. Richard Miller (1979.160.1) (CR778)

P73 #3, 1973, Oil on canvas, 96 1/4 x 68 in. (244.5 x 172.7 cm) Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia; Gift of Mr. and Mrs. N. Richard Miller (1979.160.1) (CR778)

Defined by a monolithic clarity, Tworkov progresses towards a reductive and structured process in his painting. Geometry becomes a spatial parallelogram creating variation upon variation of structure and gesture in the artist’s canvases during this decade. Through his tenure as the Chairman of the Art Department at Yale University (‘63-69) and active nationally as visiting artist, Tworkov becomes a much-sought-after teacher whose appeal to young people comes from his sense of moral purpose evident in the man and his work.

Exhibition highlights include: Solo exhibitions: Whitney Museum of American Art (’71), Toledo Museum of Art (’71), French & Co. (’71, ’72), Gertrude Kasle, Detroit (’71,’73), Nancy Hoffman Gallery (’74, ‘77). Retrospective at New Gallery of Contemporary Art, Cleveland (’75), Retrospective at Third Eye Centre, Glasgow (’79). Major group exhibitions include: Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting, Whitney Museum of American Art (’72, ’73), Recent American Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (’75), The Golden Door: Artist-Immigrants of America, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (’76).


Peter Freeby