Individual: ENT.0580

Jack Tworkov

1900 – 1982

Faculty, Summer 1952
Jack Tworkov was a founding member of the New York School and is regarded as one of the great artists, along with Willem de Kooning, Philip Guston, Franz Kline, Jackson Pollock, and Clifford Still, whose gestural paintings of the 1950s formed the basis for the Abstract Expressionist movement in America. In the summer of 1952, Tworkov was invited to teach painting at Black Mountain College. By 1952, Jack Tworkov had gained recognition as one of the most masterful artists of his generation. At the same time, his reputation as a teacher and mentor was also on the rise. Tworkov was a powerful intellectual, and believed in being open to all forms of inspiration and expression. His interdisciplinary attitude and his balanced exchange of ideas made it possible for him to form lasting relationships with composers John Cage, Morton Feldman, Stefan Wolpe, choreographer Merce Cunningham and fellow painters Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Mark Rothko, and the young Robert Rauschenberg to name a few.