JACK TWORKOV (1900-1982)
JACK TWORKOV (1900-1982)
JACK TWORKOV (1900-1982)
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JACK TWORKOV (1900-1982)

Queen III

JACK TWORKOV (1900-1982)
Queen III
signed, titled and dated 'QUEEN III Tworkov 57-8' (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
69 1/2 x 41 1/8 in. (176.5 x 104.3 cm.)
Painted in 1957-1958.
Leo Castelli, New York
Holland-Goldowsky Gallery, Chicago, 1960
Mr. and Mrs. Arnold H. Maremont, Chicago, 1961
Greenville County Museum of Art, South Carolina, 1972
Their sale; Sotheby's, New York, 2 May 1988, lot 2
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner
H. Crehan, "Reviews and Previews: Jack Tworkov at Stable Gallery", Art News, April 1959, p. 11 (illustrated).
M. Sawin, "In the Galleries: Jack Tworkov (Stable Gallery)", Arts Magazine, April 1959, p. 54.
New York, Stable Gallery, Tworkov, April 1959, n.p., no. 4.
Chicago, Holland-Goldowsky Gallery, Tworkov 1950/60, October-November 1960, n.p., no. 7 (illustrated).
Art Institute of Chicago, 21st Annual Society for Contemporary Art, May–June 1961, n.p., no. 60.
Art Institute of Chicago, 27th Annual Exhibition by the Society of Contemporary American Art, April-May 1967.
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Further details
This work is archived as No. 702 in the Jack Tworkov Catalogue Raisonné prepared by Jason Andrew for the Estate of Jack Tworkov.

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Lot Essay

Jack Tworkov’s painting “Queen III,” last exhibited over 50 years ago, is a prime example of the artist’s abstract expressionist period. As a first-generation figure within this movement, Tworkov was admired and celebrated for his signature flame-like gesture. Guided by his aptitude for draftsmanship, Tworkov’s mark was unique in its short and staccato pulse—a movement, as if arrested at the height of a breath; shapes made visible as though they were flayed.
Painted in his Bowery studio, “Queen III” is the final painting in a series portraying a ghost of a throned figure. While his once studio-mate, Willem de Kooning approached the figure with “almost every manner of plastic homicide in an attempt to do away with her, Tworkov hands her a scepter and crowns her Queen,” reported Art News in 1959 when the painting was first exhibited in the Tworkov’s solo show at the Stable Gallery. [1]
“Queen III” is imbued with ritual implied through rich colors of red, blue, green and white—a coordinated palette Tworkov returned to again and again through until the early 1960s. “The poetic element here,” wrote Martica Swain of the painting, “is as understated as the painting process, stirring the imagination with insinuated forms and situations, but giving precedence to visual pleasure.” [2]
“Tworkov’s paintings are achievements that suggest sequence after sequence of verbal equivalents,” wrote the historian Thomas B. Hess on the occasion of the artist’s survey of paintings at the Holland-Goldowsky Gallery in 1960 which included Queen III, “[his] pictures have the scholar’s rectitude and moral pressure […] In New York or Provincetown, Jack Tworkov is thousands of miles away from his [childhood] village Biala, and he engages in ghosts of his past with the magic at his command: a high elegance of draftsmanship, and a majestic sense of justice in the case between that appearance of a stroke of pigment, moving under the paintbrush.” [3] — Jason Andrew, Director / Curator of the Estate of Jack Tworkov
[1] Crehan, Hurbert. "Reviews and Previews: Jack Tworkov at Stable Gallery." Art News 58: 2 (April 1959), p. 11.
[2] Sawin, Martica. "In the Galleries: Jack Tworkov (Stable Gallery)." Arts Magazine 33: 7 (April 1959), p. 54.
[3] Hess, Thomas B. “Tworkov 1950/60: a survey.” Exhibition catalogue, Holland-Goldowsky Gallery, Chicago, IL, 1960.

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