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Pierre Matisse Gallery records

Creator:
Pierre Matisse Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Names:
Artigas, Francisco, 1916-  Search this
Balthus, 1908-  Search this
Berman, Eugene, 1899-1972  Search this
Biederman, Charles Joseph, 1906-2004  Search this
Blatas, Arbit  Search this
Bonnard, Pierre, 1867-1947  Search this
Borès, Francisco, 1898-1972  Search this
Brancusi, Constantin, 1876-1957  Search this
Braque, Georges, 1882-1963  Search this
Breton, André, 1896-1966  Search this
Butler, Reg, 1913-1981  Search this
Calder, Alexander, 1898-1976  Search this
Calliyannis, Manolis, 1926-  Search this
Canogar, Rafael, 1935-  Search this
Chagall, Marc, 1887-1985  Search this
Cézanne, Paul, 1839-1906  Search this
Dalí, Salvador, 1904-  Search this
De Chirico, Giorgio, 1888-  Search this
Degas, Edgar, 1834-1917  Search this
Derain, André, 1880-1954  Search this
Despiau, Charles, 1874-1946  Search this
Dos Passos, John, 1896-1970  Search this
Dubuffet, Jean, 1901-1985  Search this
Duchamp, Marcel, 1887-1968  Search this
Dufy, Raoul, 1877-1953  Search this
Dunoyer de Segonzac, André, 1884-1974  Search this
Ernst, Max, 1891-1976  Search this
Etrog, Sorel, 1933-  Search this
Faucher, Serge  Search this
Fellini, Federico  Search this
Ferren, John, 1905-1970  Search this
Francis, Sam, 1923-1994  Search this
Giacometti, Alberto, 1901-1966  Search this
Gleizes, Albert, 1881-1953  Search this
Gogh, Vincent van, 1853-1890  Search this
Gris, Juan, 1887-1927  Search this
Gromaire, Marcel, 1892-1971  Search this
Hantaï, Simon  Search this
Hélion, Jean, 1904-1987  Search this
Katz, Mané, 1894-1962  Search this
Kisling, Moïse, 1891-1953  Search this
Knapp, Stefan, 1921-  Search this
La Fresnaye, Roger de, 1885-1925  Search this
Lam, Wifredo  Search this
Laurencin, Marie, 1883-1956  Search this
Lipchitz, Jacques, 1891-1973  Search this
Lurçat, Jean, 1892-1966  Search this
Lynes, George Platt, 1907-1955  Search this
Léger, Fernand, 1881-1955  Search this
MacIver, Loren, 1909-1998  Search this
Maillol, Aristide, 1861-1944  Search this
Mason, Raymond, 1922-  Search this
Masson, André, 1896-1987  Search this
Matisse, Henri, 1869-1954  Search this
Matisse, Pierre, 1900-1989  Search this
Matta, 1912-2002  Search this
Matter, Herbert, 1907-1984  Search this
Menkes, Sigmund, 1896-1986  Search this
Millares, Manolo, 1926-1972  Search this
Miró, Joan, 1893-  Search this
Modigliani, Amedeo, 1884-1920  Search this
Mondrian, Piet, 1872-1944  Search this
Nelson, Paul, 1895-  Search this
Ozenfant, Amédée, 1886-1966  Search this
Pascin, Jules, 1885-1930  Search this
Picasso, Pablo, 1881-1973  Search this
Quintanilla, Luis, 1900-1980  Search this
Rattner, Abraham  Search this
Renoir, Auguste, 1841-1919  Search this
Riopelle, Jean Paul  Search this
Rivera, Manuel, 1927-  Search this
Roszak, Theodore, 1907-1981  Search this
Rouan, François, 1943-  Search this
Ruckstull, F. W. (Fred Wellington), 1853-1942  Search this
Sage, Kay  Search this
Saura, Antonio, 1930-  Search this
Seligmann, Kurt, 1900-1962  Search this
Seurat, Georges, 1859-1891  Search this
Siqueiros, David Alfaro  Search this
Soutine, Chaim, 1893-1943  Search this
Tamayo, Rufino, 1899-  Search this
Tanguy, Yves, 1900-1955  Search this
Tchelitchew, Pavel, 1898-1957  Search this
Utrillo, Maurice, 1883-1955  Search this
Viallat, Claude, 1936-  Search this
Zadkine, Ossip  Search this
Zao, Wou-ki, 1920-2013  Search this
Extent:
300 Items (Reel NPM1: (on partial microfilm reel))
1.25 Linear feet (Unmicrofilmed)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1925-1989
Scope and Contents:
Artists represented among the catalogs, photographs, or scrapbook include Balthus, Eugene Berman, Charles Biederman, Arbit Blatas, Pierre Bonnard, Francisco Bores, Constantin Brancusi, Georges Braque, André Breton, Alexander Calder, Paul Cézanne, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dalí, Giorgio De Chirico,Edgar Degas, André Derain, Charles Despiau, John Dos Passos, Marcel Duchamp, Raoul Dufy, André de Segonzac Dunoyer, Max Ernst, John Ferren, Alberto Giacometti, Albert Gleizes, Vincent van Gogh, Juan Gris, Marcel Gromaire, Jean Hélion, Mane Katz, Moise Kisling, Roger de La Fresnaye, Wifredo Lam, Marie Laurencin, Fernand Léger, Jacques Lipchitz, Jean Lurçat, George Platt Lynes, Loren MacIver, Aristide Maillol, André Masson, Henri Matisse, Roberto Sebastián Matta Echaurren, Herbert Matter, Sigmund Menkes, Joan Miró, Amedeo Modigliani, Piet Mondrian, Paul Nelson, Amédée Ozenfant, Jules Pascin, Pablo Picasso, Luis Quintanilla, Abraham Rattner, Auguste Renoir, Georges Rouault, Kay Sage, Kurt Seligmann, Georges Seurat, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Chaim Soutine, Rufino Tamayo, Yves Tanguy, Pavel Tchelitchew, Maurice Utrillo, and Ossip Zadkine.
UNMICROFILMED: Catalogs of Pierre Matisse Gallery exhibitions of the work of: Francisco Artigas, Balthus, Reg Butler, Manolis Calliyannis, Rafael Canogar, Marc Chagall, Jean Dubuffet, Sorel Etrog, Serge Faucher, Federico Fellini, Sam Francis, Alberto Giacometti, Simon Hantaï, Stefan Knapp, Wilfredo Lam, Loren MacIver, Raymond Mason, Manolo Millares, Joan Miró, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Manuel Rivera, François Rouan, Georges Rouault, Theodore Roszak, Antonio Saura, Yves Tanguy, Claude Viallat, Wou-Ki Zao, and the Dogon and Tellem peoples of Africa.
Biographical / Historical:
Art gallery; New York, N.Y. Founded 1931 by Pierre Matisse, son of Henri Matisse; operated until his death in 1989, handling mainly 20th century European art.
Related Materials:
The Pierpont Morgan Library is the primary repository of the Pierre Matisse Gallery records.
Separated Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds microfilm of material lent for microfilming on reel NPM1. Included are catalogs of Pierre Matisse Gallery exhibitions, 1931-1945; photographs of exhibitions interspersed among the catalogs; and a scrapbook containing clippings and reviews of shows at the gallery
Provenance:
Records on reel NPM1 were lent for microfilming in 1967 by the Pierre Matisse Gallery. The unmicrofilmed published materials were donated in 1996 by the Pierre Matisse Foundation.
Restrictions:
This collection is temporarily closed to researchers due to archival processing. Contact Reference Services for more information
Topic:
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Function:
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State)
Identifier:
AAA.piermati
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-piermati

First Art Film Festival in America sound recordings

Creator:
First Art Film Festival in America (1951 : Woodstock, N.Y.)  Search this
Names:
American Federation of Arts  Search this
Woodstock Artists Association (Woodstock, N.Y.)  Search this
Frankfurter, Alfred M.  Search this
Hayes, Bartlett H., 1904-1988  Search this
Kuniyoshi, Yasuo, 1889-1953  Search this
Matter, Herbert, 1907-1984  Search this
Oertel, Curt  Search this
Resnick, Nathan  Search this
Saarinen, Aline B. (Aline Bernstein), 1914-1972  Search this
Wickiser, Ralph L. (Ralph Lewanda), 1910-  Search this
Extent:
0.6 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Date:
1951 Sept
Summary:
The First Art Film Festival in America sound recordings measure 0.6 linear feet and date to 1951. The recordings on seven sound tape reels are of a symposium sponsored by the Woodstock Artists Association, American Federation of the Arts and Film Advisory Center. Participants are Alfred Frankfurter, Bartlett Harding Hayes, Jr., Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Herbert Matter, Curt Oertel, Nathan Resnick, Aline Saarinen, and Ralph Wickiser. The panel for the first day of the symposium concerned the subject "Art Film: Aesthetic and Production" and day two concerned " Art Films: Use and Distribution."
Scope and Contents:
The First Art Film Festival in America sound recordings measure 0.6 linear feet and date to 1951. The recordings on seven sound tape reels are of a symposium sponsored by the Woodstock Artists Association, American Federation of the Arts and Film Advisory Center. Participants are Alfred Frankfurter, Bartlett Harding Hayes, Jr., Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Herbert Matter, Curt Oertel, Nathan Resnick, Aline Saarinen, and Ralph Wickiser. The panel for the first day of the symposium concerned the subject "Art Film: Aesthetic and Production" and day two concerned " Art Films: Use and Distribution."
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into one series.

Series 1: Panel Discussions, 1951 (0.6 linear feet; Boxes 1-2)
Provenance:
Provenance unknown.
Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Researchers interested in accessing audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact References Services for more information.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Citation:
First Art Film Festival in America sound recordings, 1951. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.firsart
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First Art Film Festival in America sound recordings
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_collection:sova-aaa-firsart

Jackson Pollock at the Art of This Century gallery

Photographer:
Matter, Herbert, 1907-1984  Search this
Matter, Herbert, 1907-1984  Search this
Subject:
Pollock, Jackson  Search this
Art of This Century  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1947
Topic:
Artists at or with their work  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)15423
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Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner papers, circa 1914-1984, bulk 1942-1984
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_15423
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Jackson Pollock in the doorway of his studio

Photographer:
Matter, Herbert, 1907-1984  Search this
Matter, Herbert, 1907-1984  Search this
Subject:
Pollock, Jackson  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1947
Topic:
Artists' studios  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)16580
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Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner papers, circa 1914-1984, bulk 1942-1984
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_16580
Online Media:

Jackson Pollock in his studio

Photographer:
Matter, Herbert, 1907-1984  Search this
Matter, Herbert, 1907-1984  Search this
Subject:
Pollock, Jackson  Search this
Zogbaum, Wilfrid  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1947
Topic:
Artists' studios  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)16581
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Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner papers, circa 1914-1984, bulk 1942-1984
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_16581
Online Media:

Jackson Pollock in his studio

Photographer:
Matter, Herbert, 1907-1984  Search this
Matter, Herbert, 1907-1984  Search this
Subject:
Pollock, Jackson  Search this
Zogbaum, Wilfrid  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1947
Topic:
Artists' studios  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)16582
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Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner papers, circa 1914-1984, bulk 1942-1984
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_16582

Jackson Pollock at the door of his studio

Photographer:
Matter, Herbert, 1907-1984  Search this
Matter, Herbert, 1907-1984  Search this
Subject:
Pollock, Jackson  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1947
Topic:
Artists' studios  Search this
Painting  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)3888
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Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner papers, circa 1914-1984, bulk 1942-1984
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_3888

Jackson Pollock in his studio

Photographer:
Matter, Herbert, 1907-1984  Search this
Matter, Herbert, 1907-1984  Search this
Subject:
Pollock, Jackson  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1947
Topic:
Artists' studios  Search this
Painting  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)3889
See more items in:
Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner papers, circa 1914-1984, bulk 1942-1984
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_3889

Jackson Pollock painting in his studio

Photographer:
Matter, Herbert, 1907-1984  Search this
Matter, Herbert, 1907-1984  Search this
Subject:
Pollock, Jackson  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1947
Topic:
Artists at or with their work  Search this
Artists' studios  Search this
Painting  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)3914
See more items in:
Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner papers, circa 1914-1984, bulk 1942-1984
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_3914
Online Media:

Jackson Pollock in his studio

Photographer:
Matter, Herbert, 1907-1984  Search this
Matter, Herbert, 1907-1984  Search this
Subject:
Pollock, Jackson  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1947
Topic:
Artists at or with their work  Search this
Artists' studios  Search this
Painting  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)5723
See more items in:
Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner papers, circa 1914-1984, bulk 1942-1984
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_5723

Knoll Associates advertisement featuring the No. 70 chair by Eero Saarinen.

Creator:
Matter, Herbert, 1907-1984  Search this
Knoll Associates, inc  Search this
Matter, Herbert, 1907-1984  Search this
Subject:
Matter, Herbert  Search this
Knoll Associates, inc  Search this
Type:
Printed Materials
Date:
1950s-1960s
Topic:
Advertising  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)14247
See more items in:
Florence Knoll Bassett papers, 1932-2000
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_14247

Alexander Calder

Photographer:
Matter, Herbert, 1907-1984  Search this
Matter, Herbert, 1907-1984  Search this
Subject:
Calder, Alexander  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
ca. 1938
Topic:
Artists at or with their work  Search this
Portraits  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)5399
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Alexander Calder papers, 1926-1967
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_5399

Jack Tworkov papers

Creator:
Tworkov, Jack  Search this
Names:
Egan Gallery  Search this
Leo Castelli Gallery  Search this
Nancy Hoffman Gallery  Search this
Poindexter Gallery  Search this
Stable Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Zabriskie Gallery  Search this
Ashbury, John  Search this
Ashton, Dore  Search this
Bartlett, Jennifer, 1941-  Search this
Blinken, Donald M., 1925-  Search this
Calfee, William H. (William Howard), 1909-1995  Search this
Cavallon, Giorgio, 1904-1989  Search this
Cézanne, Paul, 1839-1906  Search this
Demarco, Ricky  Search this
Dickinson, Edwin Walter, 1891-1978  Search this
Forge, Andrew  Search this
Hartigan, Grace  Search this
Herzbrun, Helene  Search this
Katz, Paul  Search this
Knaths, Karl, 1891-1971  Search this
Lindeberg, Linda, 1915-1973  Search this
Matter, Herbert, 1907-1984  Search this
Newman, Arnold, 1918-2006  Search this
Newman, Michael  Search this
Osborn, Robert Chesley, 1904-1994  Search this
Ponsold, Renate  Search this
Praeger, David A.  Search this
Rothko, Mark, 1903-1970  Search this
Summerford, Joe  Search this
Thorne, Joan, 1943-  Search this
Westenberger, Theo  Search this
Wheeler, Dennis  Search this
Wise, Howard  Search this
Yunkers, Adja, 1900-1983  Search this
Extent:
9.7 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Sketchbooks
Video recordings
Interviews
Motion pictures (visual works)
Sound recordings
Sketches
Diaries
Date:
1926-1993
Summary:
The Jack Tworkov papers measure 9.7 linear feet and are dated 1926-1993. Tworkov's work as a painter and influential teacher, as well as his personal life, are documented by extensive journals and substantive correspondence that record his ideas about art and teaching, and illuminate his relationships with friends, colleagues, and students. Many sketchbooks, writings, interviews, photographs, and moving images are also included.
Scope and Content Note:
The Jack Tworkov papers measure 9.7 linear feet and are dated 1926-1993, with the bulk from the period 1931-1982. Tworkov's work as a painter and influential teacher, as well as his personal life, are documented by extensive journals and substantive correspondence that record his ideas about art and teaching, and illuminate his relationships with friends, colleagues, and students. Many sketchbooks, writings, interviews, photographs, and moving images are also included.

Biographical material includes Tworkov's citizenship certificate, awards, diplomas, a copy of Jack Tworkov: Video Portrait, produced by Electronic Arts Intermix, and a motion picture film, USA Artists: Jack Tworkov, produced by National Education Television.

Correspondence consists largely of incoming letters. It is both professional and personal in nature and often combines both spheres. Correspondents include artists Jennifer Bartlett, William H. Calfee, Giorgio Cavallon and Linda Lindeberg, Grace Hartigan, Helene Herzbrun (also named Helene McKinsey), Karl Knaths, Joe Summerford, Joan Thorne, and Adja Yunkers; cartoonist Robert C. Osborn; collectors Donald M. Blinken and David A. Praeger (who was also Tworkov's lawyer); illustrator Roger Dovoisin; critics Dore Ashton and Andrew Forge; critic and poet John Ashbury; galleries that represented Tworkov: Egan Gallery, Leo Castelli, Nancy Hoffman Gallery, Poindexter Gallery, Stable Gallery and Zabriskie Gallery; and many museums, arts organizations, colleges and universities.

Interviews with Tworkov include one with Ricky Demarco videotaped in 1979 and two conducted on video by Twokov's daughter Helen in 1975. The remaining interviews are sound recordings, one conducted by Grace Alexander for the show Artists in New York in 1967, one conducted by Michael Newman in 1980, and the remainder by unidentified interviewers. None have transcripts.

All writings are by Tworkov and include poems, an artist's statement, and documentation for two children's books by Tworkov illustrated by Roger Duvoisin. Two additional notebooks contain miscellaneous notes, teaching notes, and some specific to identified courses. Lectures exist as untranscribed sound recordings.

Tworkov's journals (33 volumes) span a period of 35 years, from 1947 until 1982, with the final entry dated a few weeks before his death. They record his reflections on painting, his challenges as a painter, aesthetics, the role of the artist in society, Jewish identity, painters he admired (especially Cézanne and Edwin Dickinson), politics, and teaching. They also recount everyday life: the comings and goings of friends and family members, social engagements, professional activities, illness, and travel.

The lone subject file concerns Mark Rothko and includes a photograph of Rothko and the guest list for the dedication of the Rothko Chapel in Houston.

Artwork consists of a small number of sketches by Tworkov in pencil and ink. Tworkov's sketchbooks (28 volumes) contain sketches and some finished drawings. Most are in pencil, but scattered throughout are a few pencil sketches embellished with colored marker or pastel, and a small number in ink.

Photographs are of people, places and events. Most photographs are of Tworkov alone and with others including Giogio Cavallon, though most friends and students are unidentified. Of note are views of Tworkov producing a series of prints at Tamarind Institute. Also found is an informal portrait of Wally Tworkov. Events recorded include the jurying of "Exhibition Momentum" in Chicago, 1956. Among the places shown are Tworkov's studios at Black Mountain College and in Provincetown. When known, photographers are noted; among them are Paul Katz, Herbert Matter, Arnold Newman, Renate Ponsold, Theo Westenberger, Dennis Wheeler, and Howard Wise.

A separate series of audiovisual recordings was established for those recordings that could not be readily identified to be arranged in other series. They consist of three videocassettes (2 VHS and 1 miniDV).
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 11 series:

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1933-1981 (Boxes 1, 9, 11, FC 13; 0.7 linear ft.)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1926-1993 (Boxes 1-5; 3.8 linear ft.)

Series 3: Interviews, 1978-1982 (Boxes 5, 9-10; 1 linear ft.)

Series 4: Writings, Notes, and Lectures, 1955-1982 (Boxes 5, 9; 0.5 linear ft.)

Series 5: Journals, 1947-1982 (Boxes 5-7; 2.0 linear ft.)

Series 6: Subject File, 1961-1977 (Box 7; 1 folder)

Series 7: Printed Material, 1952-1981 (Box 7, OV 12; 0.1 linear ft.)

Series 8: Artwork, circa 1950s-1960s (Box 7: 3 folders)

Series 9: Sketchbooks, circa 1950s-1960s (Boxes 7-8, 11; 1.0 linear ft.)

Series 10: Photographic Materials, 1941-1981 (Boxes 8-9; 0.5 linear ft.)

Series 11: Audiovisual Recordings, 1961-1975 (Box 9; 0.1 linear ft.)
Biographical Note:
New York School painter Jack Tworkov (1900-1982), best known for his Abstract Expressionist paintings and as a highly regarded teacher, lived and worked in New York City and Provincetown, MA.

At age 13, Tworkov (born Yakov Tworkovsky) emigrated from Poland with his mother and sister to join his father already in the United States. In America, they chose to use the name of distant relatives, the Bernsteins, who were their sponsors. Eventually, Jack and his sister, Janice, reclaimed and shortened their name to Tworkov; later, she adopted the name of their hometown in Poland and became the painter Janice Biala.

As a high school student in New York City, Tworkov attended drawing classes. After graduating from Columbia University, where he had been an English major and considered becoming a writer, Tworkov instead turned to art. He studied with Ivan Olinsky at the National Academy of Design between 1923 and 1925, and from 1925 to 1926 attended painting classes taught by Guy Péne Du Bois and Boardman Robinson at the Art Students League. During his college years, Tworkov began visiting museums and became a great admirer of Cézanne. Tworkov's early paintings - still life, landscapes, and portraits - showed the influence of European modernism and Cézanne.

Tworkov spent his first summer in Provincetown while still a student and subsequently returned to study with Ross Moffet. In Provincetown he met and was greatly influenced by Karl Knaths and developed a lifelong friendship with Edwin Dickinson. By 1929, Tworkov was painting there year round. Over the years, Tworkov and his family continued to return for long stretches, and in 1958 he purchased a house in Provincetown.

During the Great Depression, Tworkov participated in the Treasury Department's Public Works of Art Project until 1934, and then moved to the easel division of the WPA Federal Art Project. He felt uncomfortable with the growing ideological and political influences on art and found it depressing to paint for the WPA rather than for himself, so he left the WPA in 1941. Tworkov, who had studied mechanical drawing while in high school, spent most of the War years employed as a tool designer and draftsman at an engineering firm with government contracts.

By the 1940s, Tworkov was painting in the Abstract Expressionist style. Between 1948 and 1953, he leased a studio on Fourth Avenue that adjoined that of his friend Willem de Kooning. During this time, they mutually influenced each other as they developed into mature Abstract Expressionists. At Yale in the 1960s, Tworkov became close friends with fellow student Josef Albers. Alber's influence on Tworkov resulted in a turn to geometric compositions of small, systematic, and repetitive strokes defined by a grid. He experimented with diagonal compositions, and later geometric work that featured large areas of color and soft texture.

Tworkov's first teaching experience was during 1930-1931 when he served as a part-time painting instructor at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School. His teaching career began in earnest when he joined the faculties of Queens College, 1948-1955, and Pratt Institute, 1955-1958. During the summers he taught at various schools, most notably Black Mountain College's 1952 summer session. Tworkov was a visiting artist at the Yale University School of Art and Architecture, 1961-1963, and became chairman of its Art Department from 1963 until his retirement in 1969. In retirement he lived in Provincetown and was a visiting artist for both short and extended periods at various universities and art schools.

An avid reader of literature and poetry, Tworkov also wrote poems and essays. He published essays in It Is, Art Digest, and Art In America; his most notable piece, "The Wandering Soutine," appeared in Art News, November 1950. Tworkov also kept a journal for 35 years (1947-1982) that recorded his thoughts on a wide range of subjects concerning professional, personal, and philosophical issues, as well as details of everyday life.

Tworkov was among the founders of the Artists' Club or The Club in 1949, and for a decade actively participated in the stimulating discussions for which the group was known. In 1968 he helped to establish the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Its residency program enabled younger artists and writers to advance their careers and kept Provincetown's historic artists' colony active year round.

He was the recipient of the William A. Clark Award and Corcoran Gold Medal from the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1963; Skowhegan School of Art's Painter of the Year Award, 1974; and Distinguished Teaching of Art Award from College Art Association, 1976. Tworkov was appointed to serve on the Massachusetts Art Commission, 1970-1971, and in 1981 was named a Fellow of The Cleveland Museum of Art and of the Rhode Island School of Design.

Following his second divorce in 1935, Rachel (Wally) Wolodarsky became Tworkov's third wife and their marriage endured. They had two daughters. Hermine Ford (b. 1939) is an artist married to fellow painter Robert Moskowitz. Helen Tworkov (b. 1943) is the founder of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review and the author of a book about yoga.

Tworkov remained physically and intellectually active after a diagnosis of bone cancer around 1980, and continued to paint until shortly before his death in Provincetown on September 4, 1982.
Related Material:
Among the holdings of the Archives of American Art are two oral history interviews with Jack Tworkov, one conducted by Dorothy Seckler, Aug. 17, 1962, and another by Gerald Silk, May 22, 1981. There is also a small collection of three letters written by Jack Tworkov to friend Troy-Jjohn Bramberger.
Separated Material:
The Archives of American Art also holds material lent for microfilming (reel N70-38 and 62) including writings by Tworkov, notebooks, notes for teaching and talks, notes on art and miscellaneous subjects, poems, artist's statements, biographical data, the transcript of a 1970 interview with Tworkov conducted by Phyllis Tuchman, and a few letters and drafts of letters, 1950-1963. Loaned materials were returned to the lender and are not described in the collection container inventory.
Provenance:
Jack Tworkov lent the Archives of American Art papers for microfilming in 1970-1971. Jack Tworkov's daughters, Hermine Ford and Helen Tworkov, donated the rest of the collection in 2009, which included some of the material from the original loan.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
Reels N70-38 and 62: Authorization to publish, quote, or reproduce requires written permission from Helen Tworkov or Hermine Ford. Contact Reference Services for more information.
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Painters -- Massachusetts  Search this
Topic:
Painting -- New York (State)  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Artists' studios -- Photographs  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Sketchbooks
Video recordings
Interviews
Motion pictures (visual works)
Sound recordings
Sketches
Diaries
Citation:
Jack Tworkov papers, 1926-1993. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.tworjack2
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Jack Tworkov papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-tworjack2
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Knoll index of designs

Issuing body:
Knoll Associates, Inc.  Search this
Book designer:
Matter, Herbert 1907-1984  Search this
Physical description:
79 pages : illustrations ; 31 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Date:
1950
Topic:
Furniture  Search this
Textile fabrics  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1062973

Knoll : [catalog]

Title:
Research approach to interior planning
Author:
Knoll Associates, Inc  Search this
Book designer:
Matter, Herbert 1907-1984  Search this
Subject:
Knoll Associates, inc  Search this
Physical description:
19 pages : illustrations ; 33 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Trade catalogs
Date:
1949
©1949
Topic:
Furniture design  Search this
Textile design  Search this
Interior decoration  Search this
Call number:
NK2265 .K6 1949
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1096104

Pollock matters / edited by Ellen G. Landau & Claude Cernuschi

Author:
Pollock, Jackson 1912-1956  Search this
Matter, Herbert 1907-1984  Search this
Landau, Ellen G  Search this
Cernuschi, Claude 1961-  Search this
McMullen Museum of Art  Search this
Subject:
Pollock, Jackson 1912-1956  Search this
Matter, Herbert 1907-1984  Search this
Krasner, Lee 1908-1984  Search this
Matter, Mercedes 1913-2001  Search this
Physical description:
178 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2007
[c2007]
Call number:
ND237.P73 A4 2007
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_833651

Herbert Matter : 13 photographs

Author:
Matter, Herbert 1907-1984  Search this
Forge, Andrew  Search this
Bill, Max 1908-1994  Search this
Subject:
Matter, Herbert 1907-1984  Search this
Giacometti, Alberto 1901-1966  Search this
Physical description:
[28] p. : ill. ; 16 x 19 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1970
1979
[197-?]
Call number:
TR647 .M3785 1970
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_664401

Alberto Giacometti / photographed by Herbert Matter ; text by Mercedes Matter ; foreword by Louis Finkelstein ; with an introduction by Andrew Forge

Author:
Matter, Herbert 1907-1984  Search this
Matter, Mercedes  Search this
Subject:
Giacometti, Alberto 1901-1966 Portraits  Search this
Physical description:
224 p. : chiefly ill. (some col.) ; 35 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1987
Call number:
N40.1.G42 M43 1987
N40.1.G42M43 1987
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_413179

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