Jack Tworkov papers, circa 1926-1993

Tworkov, Jack, b. 1900 d. 1982
Painter, Printmaker
Active in New York, N.Y.; Mass.

This site provides access to the papers of Jack Tworkov in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2013, and total 11,512 images.

Funding for the digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art

Collection size: 9.7 linear feet

Collection Summary: 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/Historical 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, Massachusetts.

Donated in 2009 by Jack Tworkov's daughters, Hermine Ford and Helen Tworkov.

Funding for the digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

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Portions of the Jack Tworkov papers were loaned by Mr. Tworkov in 1970 and 1971 for microfilming on reels N70-38 and 62. Some of these materials were not part of the later 2009 gift and are still available on microfilm and for interlibrary loan. The loaned material is not described in the container listing of this finding aid but includes writings by Tworkov, including a few notebooks, notes for teaching and talks, notes on art and miscellaneous subjects, poems, and artist's statements; biographical data and notes; the transcript of a 1970 interview with Tworkov conducted by Phyllis Tuchman; and a few letters and drafts of letters, 1950-1963.
Among the holdings of the Archives of American Art are two oral history interviews with Jack Tworkov, one conducted by Dorothy Seckler, August 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.