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Jack Tworkov: Royal Academy of Arts
September 24, 2016 – January 2, 2017
Image: Idling II, 1970, detail

Alexander Gray Associates is pleased to announce Abstract Expressionism, including work by Jack Tworkov, at The Royal Academy of Arts, London. The exhibition is curated by Dr. David Anfam, alongside Edith Devaney.

In the “age of anxiety” surrounding the Second World War and the years of free jazz and Beat poetry, artists like Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Willem de Kooning broke from accepted conventions to unleash a new confidence in painting. Often monumental in scale, their works are at times intense, spontaneous and deeply expressive. At others they are more contemplative, presenting large fields of colour that border on the sublime. These radical creations redefined the nature of painting, and were intended not simply to be admired from a distance but as two-way encounters between artist and viewer. It was a watershed moment in the evolution of 20th-century art, yet, remarkably, there has been no major survey of the movement since 1959.

The exhibition Abstract Expressionism brings together some of the most celebrated art of the past century, offering the chance to experience the powerful collective impact of Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Clyfford Still, Willem de Kooning, Barnett Newman, Franz Kline, Jack Tworkov, David Smith, Philip Guston and Arshile Gorky.

A catalog will accompany the exhibition.