30 Commercial Street

30 Commercial Street, Jack Tworkov studio on Point Street, by David W. Dunlap (2014).

30 Commercial Street, Jack Tworkov studio on Point Street, by David W. Dunlap (2014).

30 Commercial Street, by Josephine Del Deo (1976).

30 Commercial Street, by Josephine Del Deo (1976).

Built around 1850, this was the summer home and studio of Jack Tworkov, whom The New York Times called “one of the most respected artists of the New York School.” Tworkov emigrated from Poland in 1913, worked with John Dos Passos in the ’30s, and took up Abstract Expressionism in the ’40s. He bought this house in 1958 and added a studio, which is visible from Point Street. Tworkov’s students included Jennifer Bartlett, Jonathan Borofsky, and Richard Serra. He died in 1982 and is buried in Town Cemetery with his wife, Rachel; near Stanley Kunitz and Elise Asher, who were neighbors on this side as well, at 32 Commercial. Both No. 30 and No. 32 had been owned by Ursula Maine and were known in the ’30s as Ursula Cottage and Maine Cottage.


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