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Stanley Twardowicz
Vintage Silver Gelatin Photograph Stanley Twardowicz Venice Italy Gondola Photo

1952

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Black & white vintage photo of Venice Italy in 1952 by American Abstract Expressionism artist Stanley Twardowicz (1917-2008). It depicts a reflection of the buildings on the water of the canal with a gondola. Sheet is 14 x 11. Photo image measures 7.5" by 8.5" Stanley Twardowicz (1917 – 2008) was an American abstract painter and photographer. Twardowicz was born in Detroit, and studied at the Meinzinger Art School during World War II as well as working in a tank factory. Twardowicz began practicing photography on a 1948 trip to Mexico, and during the 1950s and 1960s he developed his painting style, related to color field paintings and abstract expressionism. He achieved some national recognition during the years he moved to Plainfield, New Jersey and became a regular at the famous Cedar Tavern in Greenwich Village, the meeting place of fellow abstract expressionists Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline and others. The Cedar Tavern (or Cedar Street Tavern) was a bar and restaurant at the eastern edge of Greenwich Village, New York City. Known as a gathering place for avant garde writers and artists, it was located at 24 University Place, near 8th Street. It was famous in its day as a hangout of many prominent Abstract Expressionist painters and Beat writers and poets. Robert Motherwell had a studio nearby in the early 1950s, and he held a weekly salon for artists there. Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Michael Goldberg, Lynne Drexler, Philip Guston, Ted Joans, James Brooks, Mercedes Matter, Howard Kanovitz, Al Leslie, Stanley Twardowicz, Morton Feldman, John Cage, and others of the New York School all patronized the bar in the 1950s. It was also popular with writers Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Gregory Corso, Frank O'Hara, George Plimpton, Jean Stein, Harold "Doc" Humes, Alex Trocchi, and LeRoi Jones. Stanley Twardowicz was married to Ann Twardowicz (1929–1973), also a well-known painter. In 1971 he married artist Lillian Dodson. Twardowicz also befriended Jack Kerouac, and published some of the only images of the writer in his final years.
  • Creator:
    Stanley Twardowicz (1917-2008, American)
  • Creation Year:
    1952
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 14 in (35.56 cm)Width: 11 in (27.94 cm)
  • Medium:
  • Movement & Style:
  • Period:
  • Condition:
    good. this is being sold unframed. it is being well protected in a lucite acrylic frame box that needs replacing.
  • Gallery Location:
    Surfside, FL
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU38212363902
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