The Easel

The Anti-Expressionist: Jack Tworkov’s Paradigm Shift

Tworkov may not have been a giant of 1960’s Abstract Expressionism, but he was influential – and different. There was no out-of-control lifestyle. He wrote noteworthy essays. But most eye-catching was his switch from emotional abstraction to cerebral geometries. As the reviewer notes “of all the Abstract Expressionists, Tworkov traveled the farthest, an apostate from the temple of the emotive stroke”. That took strength.