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ARSHILE GORKY
   
"Abstraction allows man to see with his mind what he cannot physically see with his eyes... Abstract art enables the artist to perceive beyond the tangible, to extract the infinite out of the finite. It is the emancipation of the mind. It is an explosion into unknown areas... The stuff of thought is the seed of the artist. Dreams form the bristles of the artist's brush. As the eye functions as the brain's sentry, I communicate my innermost perceptions through the art, my world view..."
"Drawing is the basis of art. A bad painter cannot draw. But one who draws well can always paint... Drawing gives the artist the ability to control his line and hand. It develops in him the precision of line and touch. This is the path toward master work."
Arshile Gorky (1904 – 1948).
 

Arshile Gorky was one of the most influential American artists of the 20th century.
       "When Arshile Gorky died in 1948, America lost one of her outstanding modern painters -- a man who opened the path for the avant-garde of our day and who achieved, in his own art, a last brilliant flowering of extraordinary power and beauty." Ethel Schwabacher, 1957.
       "The forties witnessed Gorky's emergence as a major and innovative figure in American painting, even as his tragic life moved relentlessly toward catastrophe. Only in that last phase of his creative life does Gorky emerge powerfully in his own terms and speak to us through forms that are uniquely his..." Thomas Messer, 1981.
       "Arshile Gorky was an unabashedly ambitious artist, 'apprenticing' himself to a series of masters - most notably Cezanne and Picasso - in order to become, at last, the master of his own personal style. His transformation of traditions into an utterly untraditional approach in turn inspired the Abstract Expressionists, who achieved a fame that Gorky died too young to enjoy..." Melvin P. Lader, 1985.
       "He was one of the first artist to truly liberate formal elements of painting. Gorky's influence on the development of de Kooney and Pollock was profound, and throughout the evolution of their work, each had an immeasurable affect not only on the course of American Art, but on that of the entire Twentieth century..." Gerald Peters, 1990.
       "Gorky pioneered a complex vocabulary of forms by fusing landscapes remembered from his childhood home in Armenia with surrealist imagery and abstract plumes of color. In so doing,

 

 he helped create a distinctly new vision for painting, leading American art into one of the most experimental periods in its history." Arshile Gorky, The Breakthrough Years, Auping, 1995.
      "Arshile Gorky, one of the most intriguing figures in modern art, was at the center of the New York art world in the twenties, thirties, and forties. Yet he was never fully recognized as an important painter in his lifetime, and it was only after his death that his reputation soared..." From A High Place. Spender, 1999.
       "One of the first abstract expressionists, he was a major influence on the New York art scene, which included de Kooning, Rothko, Pollock, and others..." Black Angel , Matossian, 2000.
       By the early forties, Gorky had entered his most fruitful period and developed the style that is seen as the link between European modernism and American abstract expressionism. His masterpieces influenced the great generation of American painters in the late forties, even as Gorky faced a series of personal catastrophes..."Arshile Gorky. His Life And Work, Herrera, 2003.
       Charles Moffat went as far as calling him the "Father of Abstract Expressionism." December 2007.
        I was introduced to Arshile Gorky while taking art classes in college. Encouraged to study the work of Gorky, I found his work intriguing, inspiring, animated, spontaneous, vigorous, forceful, impelling and assertive. As Gorky had schooled himself in Cezanne and Picasso, I began schooling myself in Gorky. Time passed, by my admiration for the work of Arshile Gorky never faded. His paintings and drawings hang in every major museum in American. I always found myself seeking out the work of Arshile Gorky.

 
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  ARSHILE GORKY BOOKS 
   
  1951    1957    1962    1970    1978    1981    1985    1990    1991    1994    1995    1999    2000    2003    2010 
   
Date: 1951

Title: Arshile Gorky. Memorial Exhibition (Soft Cover) (Published by Whitney Museum of American Art, New York)

Author: Schwabacher, Ethel; Goodrich, Lloyd

Description: Published in conjunction with an exhibition held at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, January 5 to February 18, 1951; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, March 4 to April 22, 1951; San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, May 9 to July 9, 1951. "Arshile Gorky, born in Armenia and coming to America at the age of sixteen, liked to think of himself as part of a Caucasian heritage which retained elements of ancient Sumerian culture. Lake Van, where he lived as a child, had been the center of an Armenian civilization which held memories of Semiramis and the Babylonian kings, and had celebrated schools of calligraphy and illuminated manuscripts. Doubtless Gorky had seen these works, which were enriched with fantastic and delightful forms of hybrid animals and men suggestive of recent surrealism. Raised in the mountains of northern Armenia and the Caucasus, of peasant ancestry on his fathers side, and a long line of priests on his Georgian mothers, Gorky was a man of great physical vigor and creative passion..." Includes 1 portrait of Arshile Gorky by Gjon Mili, 1946 and 25 examples of his work. (First Edition)

Size: 7.5 x 10

Pages: Pp 50

ST#:
1951.01.12.18
   
Date: 1957

Title: Arshile Gorky (Hard Cover DJ) (Published for the Whitney Museum of American Art by The Macmillan Company, New York)

Author: Schwabacher, Ethel K.; Preface by Lloyd Goodrich, Introduction by Meyer Schapiro

Description: Dust jacket: "When Arshile Gorky died in 1948, America lost one of her outstanding modern painters -- a man who opened the path for the avant-garde of our day and who achieved, in his own art, a last brilliant flowering of extraordinary power and beauty. The ‘wild and tender’ personality of Gorky – in Andre Breton’s words – emerges vividly and this sensitive biography by his pupil and close friend, Ethel K. Schwabacher. It is, in the best sense, and intimate biography, revealing the material temperament, the intense emotional crisis, the theatrical exaggerations and the true heroism of the man. But it is more than that; it is also a fascinating record of Gorky’s poetic and brilliant talk about art, obvious methods of painting, of the genius of those obsessive images which reappear in many of his paintings, and an explanation – insofar as that is possible – of their symbolic meaning to the artist..." Original list price $8.50. (First Edition)

Size: 9 x 11.25

Pages: Pp 159

ST#:
1957.02.0219
   
Date: 1957

Title: Gorky: 33 Paintings by Arshile Gorky (Soft Cover) (Published by the Sidney Janis Gallery, New York)

Author: Janis, Sidney

Description: Published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Sydney Janice Gallery, December 2 through 28, 1957. "For its 3rd Exhibition of the work of Arshile Gorky and held to coincide with the publication of the book by Mrs. Ethel Schwabacher on the artist’s life and art, the Sydney Janis Gallery presents a selection of many Gorky’s outstanding paintings of the period of 1930 to his death in 1948. Thanks are due to the author and to Miss Rosalind Irving, Associated Curator of the Whitney Museum of American Art for their kind assistance..." Includes 1 portrait of Arshile Gorky by Gjon Mili, 1946, 36 examples of his work and 4 photographs of past exhibitions. (First Edition)

Size: 8.5 x 11

Pages: Unpaginated (Pp 20)

ST#:
1957.01.0681
   
Date: 1962

Title: Arshile Gorky. Paintings, Drawings, Studies (Soft Cover) (Published by The Museum of Modern Art, New York in collaboration with The Washington Gallery of Modern Art)

Author: Seitz, William Foreword by Julien Levy

Description: Published in conjunction with an exhibition at The Washington Gallery of Modern Art, March 12, 1962 and The Museum of Modern Art, New York, December 17, 1962. Foreword: "From poverty, or of a piece with his camouflage, for he was a very camouflage man, Arshile Gorky as long as I knew him wore a patched coat, either an old tweet jacket with leather elbow pads in summer or in winter a ragged overcoat much too long for even his tall and lean frame. Inside his overcoat he would draw himself up, or lower himself without bending, so when he crouched, perhaps to examine a canvas, his coat crumpled down like an accordion as he folded his legs beneath it with the same muscles used by Caucasian dancers - although Gorky was not Caucasian, was in fact Armenian, and Gorky was not his real name..." Includes 1 portrait and 82 examples of Gorky’s work. (First Edition)

Size: 8.5 x 9.5

Pages: Pp 56

ST#:
1962.01.0580
   
Date: 1962

Title: Arshile Gorky. The Man, The Time, The Idea (Horizon HC) (Published by Horizon Press, Inc., New York)

Author: Rosenberg, Harold

Description: Dust jacket: "Writing with an intimate knowledge of Gorky both as a person and as artist, and of the influence of his work today, Harold Rosenberg says: ‘By whatever measure one ranks the founders of contemporary abstract art, Arshile Gorky has a place on the top row.’ In this model kind of study of an artist, the author of the renowned ‘The Tradition of the New’ presents this pioneer of the new American painting in a master blending a biographical portrait and penetrating interpretation..." 45 Illustrations, 4 in full color. Original list price $3.75. (First Edition)

Size: 5.5 x 8.5

Pages: Pp 144

ST#:
1962.03.0219
   
Date: 1962

Title: Arshile Gorky. The Man, The Time, The Idea (Soft Cover) (Published by Grove Press, Inc., New York)

Author: Rosenberg, Harold

Description: Back cover: "By whatever measure one ranks the founders of contemporary abstract art," writes Harold Rosenberg, "Arshile Gorky has a place on the top row." Gorky, he asserts, stands for the importance of intellect in painting -- a figure contradicting the popular image of the abstract impressionist artist as a whirling dervish of automation and wild inspiration. In tracing Gorky’s development, Rosenberg discusses the social and political background of the painter’s life and thought, from his embattled apprenticeship in Greenwich Village through his sudden rise to fashionable Connecticut and the international art set, to his end in suicide motivated by illness, jealousy, and despair, in 1948... Original list price $2.95. (First Edition)

Size: 5.5 x 8

Pages: Pp 144

ST#:
1962.02.0219
   
Date: 1981

Title: Arshile Gorky. The Man, The Time, The Idea (Soft Cover) (Published by The Sheepmeadow Press/Flying Point Books, New York City)

Author: Rosenberg, Harold

Description: Back cover: "Arshile Gorky, long out of print, is one of the key works on which Harold Rosenberg's reputation is based as the great critic of twentieth century American art. In tracing Gorky’s development, Rosenberg discusses the social and political background of the painters life and thought, from his embattled apprenticeship in Greenwich Village through his sudden rise to fashionable Connecticut and the international art set, to his end in suicide motivated by illness, jealousy, and despair, in 1948...." Original list price $4.95/5.95. (First Edition)

Size: 5.5 x 8

Pages: Pp 144

ST#:
1981.03.0219
   
Date: 1970

Title: Gorky Drawings (Hard Cover DJ) (Published by Walker-Knoedler Books, New York)

Author: Walker-Knoedler Books

Description: Dust jacket: "Arshile Gorky was one of the most influential American artists of the 20th century. 22 of his drawings are produced in this volume, all but one being published for the first time. They fully reveal Gorky’s strength and sensibility as a draftsman and are further evidence of the themes that pre-occupied him throughout his career. These facsimiles have been made with meticulous fidelity to the originals, and will serve as an important record for all those concerned with contemporary art." Includes 22 plates printed single sided of Gorky’s. Original list price $6.95. (First Edition)

Size: 9 x 11.25

Pages: Unpaginated (Pp 47)

ST#:
1970.01.0680
   
Date: 1975

Title: American Art Review - May-June 1975 (Published Bi-monthly by the Kellaway Publishing Company, Los Angeles, CA)

Author: Gorky, Arshile


Description: "Stuart Davis, 1931 ...Yet the silent consequences of Stuart Davis moves us to the cool and intellectual world we're all human emotions are disciplined upon rectangular proportions. Here these relations take us to the scientific world where all dreams evaporate and logic plays its greatest victory, where the physical world triumphs over all tortures, where all clumsiness dies, and leaves only the elements of virtue, where the aesthetic world takes new impulse for new consequences..." Includes one illustration by Davis and two by Gorky.

Size: 8.5 X 11

Pages:
Pp 124-126

S#: 1994.00.0620
   
Date: 1978

Title: Arshile Gorky Adoian (Hard Cover DJ) (Published by Gilgamesh Press Limited, Chicago)

Author: Mooradian, Karlen

Description: Written by Gorky’s nephew, son of the artist’s sister. Dust jacket: "The worlds leading authority and most prolific writer on Arshile Gorky here presents the most complete book ever written on the 20th century master and establishes him as the founder of the modern hylozoism. A scholarly study long overdue on the greatest artist in U.S. history and among the finest in the long annals of Armenian and world art. Based on 23 years of research, the book consists entirely of primary source materials, both Armenian and western, available only to the author: Gorky’s own correspondence and dissolution from 4,000 pages of transcribe interviews conducted by the writer with more than 100 artists, relatives, friends and enemies in Armenia, the near East, Russia, Europe in the United States..." Includes 162 photographs and examples of Gorky’s work. (First Edition)

Size: 6 x 9.25

Pages: Pp 314

ST#:
1978.01.1218
   
Date: 1978

Title: Arshile Gorky, The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection, Smithsonian Museum (Soft Cover) (Published by the Smithsonian Museum, Washington D. C.)

Author: Rosenzweig, Phyllis

Description: Introduction: "At some elusive moment in the late 1940s, American vanguard artists stopped looking only to Europe for direction and began evolving an art that was distinctively American. ArshileGorky was a central figure in that transition. Gorky bridged several worlds. While he was committed to mastering the most advanced concepts of western art, he maintained a deep and abiding identity with a Traditional culture of his native Armenia. In the late 1920s and ‘30s he associated with an inner circle of advanced artists, including Stuart Davis, John Graham, and William deKooning, who responded primarily to the current innovations in Paris. At the same time, he also kept ties with more traditional figurative artists like Raphael Soyer and David Burliuk... By exhibiting and documenting the museums entire collection of works by Arshile Gorky, we hope to illuminate the development of this fascinating artist as well as to present work that will be enjoyed for its own beauty and value." The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is an art museum beside the National Mall, in Washington, D.C. and is part of the Smithsonian Institute. The museum was initially endowed during the 1960s with the permanent art collection of Joseph H. Hirshhorn. Includes 29 examples of Gorky’s work as well as an extensive description for each. (First Edition)

Size: 8.5 x 11

Pages: Pp 47

ST#:
1978.02.1218
   
Date: 1978

Title: Murals Without Walls. Arshile Gorky’s Aviation Murals Rediscovered (Soft Cover) (Published by The Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey)

Author: Bowman, Ruth. Foreword: Miller, Samuel C. Essays by: Arshile Gorky; Francis V. O’Connor; Frederick T. Kiesler; Ruth Bowman; Jim M. Jordon

Description: Published in conjunction with an exhibition at Newark Museum November 15, 1978-March 11, 1979, and The American Federation of Arts Tour, July 1979-December 1980. Foreword: "It is most appropriate that Murals Without Walls should originate in the Newark Museum. In 1932 a major exhibition on aviation was held here to celebrate the that Newark was the center of modern aviation in America. In May of 1935, at a time of the dedication of the new Administration Building at the Newark Airport, the government was embarking on the WPA Federal Art Project. Through the initiative of Beatrice Windsor, director of the Newark Museum from 1929 to 1947, WPA artists were to be employed to create work for the new airport building. During that time that Gorky’s model and full-size panel of one of the airport murals we're on exhibition at the Newark Museum , Newark’s Mayor Ellenstein created a five-member art commission on November 12, 1936, appointing Miss Windsor to a three-year term..." Includes numerous photograph and 35 examples of Gorky’s work. Original list price $7.95. (First Edition)

Size: 8.5 x 10.5

Pages: Pp 96

ST#:
1978.03.1218
   
Date: 1980

Title: The Many Worlds of Arshile Gorky (Hard Cover DJ) (Published by Gilgamesh Press Limited, Chicago, Illinois)

Author: Mooradian, Karlen

Description: Dust jacket: "There are many Gorkys. The Gorky of portraits and abstractions. The laughing, weeping, dancing, fighting Gorky of doubts and confidence. The Gorky who knocks out opponents on New York streets and saves bird chicks in Armenia. The Gorky of death marches holding the limp body of his mother who has died in the Turkish genocide of the Armenians. Lastly, the epic Gorky who, battling the knights of fire, cancer, injuries and marital problems, turns his sword against modern society and dangles by the neck from a rope on a Connecticut hillside, seeking his native land, "The dot of birth, the dot of birth." The many worlds of Arshile Gorky is a documentary montage containing the largest body of original Gorkian source materials yet assembled in a single volume, the product of 25 years of research conducted by Professor Mooradian. Indispensable to understanding Gorky and his art." Includes 70 illustrations.  (First Edition)

Size: 6 x 9.25

Pages: Pp 327

ST#:
1980.01.0219
   
Date: 1981

Title: Arshile Gorky. 1904-1948, A Retrospective (Soft Cover) (Published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York, in collaboration with The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York)

Author: Waldman, David; Preface by Thomas M Messer

Description: Published in conjunction with an exhibition at The Guggenheim Museum, April 24 - July 19, 1981. Preface: "Arshile Gorky, seen as the end product of a historical evolution, becomes the last link in a chain of modern painters who have compelled our vision since the late nineteenth century. But at the same time and not inconsistent with such a view, we endow Gorky today with the attributes of a pioneer. For it was his painterly insights and attributes that helped shape the generation of Americans who, having waged their first decisive battles at about the time of his death, were carried to prominence and victory in the 1950s as the martyrs or heroes of the New York School. Equipped with a native poetic talent which searched for visual equivalents, Gorky subjected himself in the twenties and thirties to a schooling that consisted of conscientious imitation of the modern masters and of a deliberate avoidance of self-assertion and original expression. The forties witnessed Gorky's emergence as a major and innovative figure in American painting, even as his tragic life moved relentlessly toward catastrophe. Only in that last phase of his creative life does Gorky emerge powerfully in his own terms and speak to us through forms that are uniquely his..." Includes 250 plates of Gorky’s work. A chronology of his life and exhibitions during his life time, to numerous to list here. 12,000 copies of this catalogue printed in four color offset and gravure. (First Edition)

Size: 8.5 x 11

Pages: Pp 285

ST#:
1981.01.0685
   
Date: 1981

Title: Arshile Gorky. The Implication of Symbols (Hard Cover DJ) (Published by Allanheld, Osmun & Co., Publishers, Inc., Montclair, New Jersey)

Author: Rand, Harry

Description: Dust jacket: "Often considered either the last of the Surrealists or the harbinger of Abstract Expressionism, Gorky played a crucial role in ushering the modernist impulse into the American art. The author recounts the artist's brief and troubled life and traces his artistic development from the early murals and other works painted during the Depression to his mature works of the 1940s and his death in 1948. Through close study of an oeuvre usually assumed to be non-representational in its mature period, the author has deciphered an iconography revealing the unexpected and systematic use of explicit ideas, symbols and commonplace objects, settings, and persona from the artist's life. His mature work may in fact be seen in part as an attempt to create a concealed ‘history’ of himself. All of Gorky's major themes are touched upon and his major paintings dealt with in some depth, with attention to the details of the individual works and, frequently, to the drawings and preliminary studies from which the paintings evolved. The discussion is centered on the images that united the pieces and develop from work to work. Their meaning for Gorky is explored, as well as possible sources and their relationship to the body of Gorky's art. A concluding chapter reassesses Gorky's impact on the New York School in light of a new understanding of his aims and methods." Includes 141 B&W and 5 color illustrations. (First Edition)

Size: 8.5 x 11.25

Pages: Pp 246

ST#:
1981.02.0219
   
Date: 1991

Title: Arshile Gorky. The Implication of Symbols 1991 (Soft Cover) (Published by University of California Press, Berkeley, Los Angeles, Oxford)

Author: Rand, Harry

Description: First published in 1981 by Allanheld & Schram, Montclair, N.J. Publisher’s description: "Harry Rand's critically acclaimed study of Gorky's brief, troubled life and artistic development is finally available in paperback. All of Gorky's major themes are touched on and his major paintings dealt with in some depth, with attention to the details of the individual works, and frequently to the drawings and preliminary studies from which the paintings evolved. The discussion centers on the images that united the pieces as they develop from work to work. Rand explores Gorky as well as possible sources and their relationship to the body of Gorky's art. A concluding chapter reassesses Gorky's impact on the New York School in light of a new understanding of his aims and methods. Through close study of Gorky's oeuvre, the author deciphers an iconography revealing the unexpected and systematic use of explicit ideas and symbols as well as commonplace objects, settings, and personas from the artist's life. Includes 163 photographs and examples of Gorky’s work. (First Edition)

Size: 8.5 x 11

Pages: Pp 277

ST#:
1991.01.1218
   
Date: 1981

Title: The Cincinnati Art Museum Bulletin July 1981 (Published by the Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio)

Author: Schoellkopf, Carol M.

Description: Cover illustration: Arshile Gorky, 1904-1948, American, "Virginia Landscape, 1944, Oil on canvas. Acquired in 1979. Page 32: Arshile Gorky, 1904-1948, American, "Virginia Landscape, 1944, Oil on canvas. Acquired in 1979.

Size: 7.5 x 10

Pages: Pp 45

ST#:
1981.04.0219
   
Date: 1985

Title: Arshile Gorky (Soft Cover) (Published as part of the Modern Masters Series by Abbeville Press, New York, London, Paris)

Author: Lader, Melvin P.

Description: Back cover: "Arshile Gorky was an unabashedly ambitious artist, 'apprenticing' himself to a series of masters - most notably Cezanne and Picasso - in order to become, at last, the master of his own personal style. His transformation of traditions into an utterly untraditional approach in turn inspired the Abstract Expressionists, who achieved a fame that Gorky died too young to enjoy...Dr. Melvin P. Lader chronicles the artist's life from his bittersweet youth in Armenia through his precocious development as an artist and teacher to that long, purposeful evolution of his mature style." Includes 125 photographs and examples of Gorky’s work. (First Edition)

Size: 8.5 x 11

Pages: Pp 128

ST#:
1985.01.0690
   
Date: 1990

Title: Arshile Gorky. Three Decades of Drawings (Soft Cover) (Published by Gerald Peters Gallery in association with John Van Doren, New York)

Author: Lader, Melvin P.

Description: Published in conjunction with exhibitions held at Santa Fe, September 22 - October 4, 1990; Dallas, October 11 - October 31, 1990; New York, November 5 - November 21, 1990. "Drawing is the basis of art. A bad painter cannot draw. But one who draws well can always paint... Drawing gives the artist the ability to control his line and hand. It develops in him the precision of line and touch. This is the path toward master work." Arshile Gorky. "It gives us great pleasure to present this group of drawings by Arshile Gorky. This is the first important exhibition of Gorky’s work in America in sometime. We are particularly pleased, therefore, to show this cross-section of extraordinary works on paper from the Twenties, Thirties and Forties. This is an opportune time to re-examine and explore Gorky’s tremendous contribution to the roots of abstract expressionism in America. He was one of the first artist to truly liberate formal elements of painting. Gorky's influence on the development of de Kooney and Pollock was profound, and throughout the evolution of their work, each had an immeasurable affect not only on the course of American Art, but on that of the entire Twentieth century..." Gerald Peters. "Arshile Gorky’s passion for drawing is well known to anyone acquainted with his art and life. Stories, which have taken on the aura of myth, have been told and retold how as a youth in his native Armenia he loved to draw from nature and how he became enamored with the fluid calligraphy of Armenian midievil manuscript illustrations; or how in this country before embarking on the career of an artist his compulsion to draw got ham fired from his job at the Hood Rubber Company of Watertown, Massachusetts because he incessantly scratched on the wooden racks used to transport the factory’s products..." Includes 31 plates of Gorky’s work. (First Edition)

Size: 9 x 10.5

Pages: Unp Pp 72

ST#:
1990.01.0219
   
Date: 1994

Title: Arshile Gorky and the Genesis of Abstraction. Drawings from the Early (Soft Cover) (Published by Stephen Mazoh & Company., Inc., New York. Distributed by tyhe University of Washington Press, Seattle and London)

Author: Spender, Matthew / Rose, Barbara; With essays by Melvin P. Lader; Joseph P. Ruzicka, Martin Kline, Sarah E. Lawrence

Description: Published in conjunction with an exhibition at The Art Museum, Princeton University, October 29, 1994-January 3, 1995; Milwaukee Art Museum, January 20-April 16, 1995; The Baltimore Museum of Art, October 18, 1995-January 21, 1996. Foreword: "This exhibition and accompanying catalogue includes thirty-nine drawings, many neither shown nor published before, that display the richness of Arshile Gorky’s production as a draftsman over several years crucial to his development. This show offers a rare look at a singularly creative moment of Gorky. With pen and ink, pencil and paper as the primary vehicles of expression, he explores and develops a broad abstract visual vocabulary. Documenting the emergence of Gorky’s unmistakably unique and intensely personal pictorial language, the exhibition examines the complex relationship among six themes developed in these drawings and their eventual connection to Gorky’s 1934 proposal proposed mural project for the Public Works of Art Project (PWAP)..." Includes 39 plates as-well-as 26 additional illustrations related to the work of Arshile Gorky. (First Edition)

Size: 9.25 x 11.5

Pages: Pp 85

ST#:
1994.01.0219
   
Date: 1995

Title: Arshile Gorky, The Breakthrough Years (Soft Cover) (Published by Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas, in association with Rizzoli, New York)

Author: Auping, Michael; Essays by: Dore Ashton, Michael Auping, Matthew Spender; and selected letters by the artist

Description: Published in conjunction with an exhibition at National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., May 7 - September 17, 1995; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, October 13 - December 31, 1995; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas, January 13 - March 17, 1996. Publisher’s description: "Arshile Gorky (1904-1948) is recognized as one of the most crucial and intriguing figures in the early shaping of Abstract Expressionism. Gorky pioneered a complex vocabulary of forms by fusing landscapes remembered from his childhood home in Armenia with surrealist imagery and abstract plumes of color. In so doing, he helped create a distinctly new vision for painting, leading American art into one of the most experimental periods in its history. Gorky's most important paintings and drawings were executed from 1940 through 1947, powerfully expansive years that many regard as his breakthrough period. His rich, mature work of these years is the focus of this illuminating volume, the most comprehensive book on the subject..." Includes 42 plates of Gorky’s work and a selected list of exhibitions from 1978 - 1994. (First Edition)

Size: 10 x 9.75

Pages: Pp 188

ST#:
1995.01.0600
   
Date: 1999

Title: From A High Place. A Life of Arshile Gorky (Hard Cover DJ) Published by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., New York)

Author: Spender, Matthew

Description: Dust jacket: "Arshile Gorky, one of the most intriguing figures in modern art, was at the center of the New York art world in the twenties, thirties, and forties. Yet he was never fully recognized as an important painter in his lifetime, and it was only after his death that his reputation soared. In this deeply felt and penetrating biography, Matthew Spender--himself a sculptor and the husband of Gorky's elder daughter--writes with extraordinary sympathy and perception, and he gets to the heart of his elusive subject... In telling Gorky's story, Matthew Spender gives us the most illuminating picture of the New York art scene that has yet been written--from the affluent twenties, when the Ash Can school was emerging, to the depressed thirties, which marked the high point of Gorky's career, when he painted a huge abstract mural for Newark Airport. During the explosive postwar years, Gorky withdrew into a world of increasing solitude, even as Andre Breton, the founder of surrealism, was championing him, along with other artist friends like Willem de Kooning, Roberto Matta, and Isamu Noguchi..." Includes 108 photographs and examples of Gorky’s work. (First Edition)

Size: 6.5 x 9.5

Pages: Pp 417

ST#:
1999.01.1218
   
Date: 2000

Title: Black Angel : The Life of Arshile Gorky (Hard Cover) (Published by The Overlook Press, Woodstock, New York)

Author: Matossian, Nouritza

Description: Born in Armenia, he survived the Turkish genocide begun in 1915 and arrived in America in 1920. One of the first abstract expressionists, he was a major influence on the New York art scene, which included de Kooning, Rothko, Pollock, and others. After a devastating series of illnesses, injuries, and personal setbacks, he committed suicide at the age of 46. In Black Angel, Nouritza Matossian uses for the first time Gorky's original letters in Armenian and other new source material, writing with authority and insight about the powerful influence Gorky's Armenian heritage had upon his painting. She also provides an informed and important critique of the entire body of Gorky's major work. A powerfully revealing biography of Armenian-born Arshile Gorky ? the Picasso of Union Square, Hollywood Rasputin, magical storyteller, victim, tragic hero and one of the most mysterious yet influential of 20th-century artists. Includes 49 photographs and examples of Gorky’s work. A chronology of his life and exhibitions during his life time, to numerous to list here. (First Edition)

Size: 6 x 9.25

Pages: Pp 576

ST#:
2000.01.1218
   
Date: 2003

Title: Arshile Gorky. His Life And Work (Hard Cover DJ) Published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux, New York)

Author: Herrera, Hayden

Description: Dust jacket: "Born in Turkey around 1900, Vosdanik Adoian escaped the massacres of Armenians in 1915 only to watch his mother die of starvation and his family scatter in their flight from the Turks. Arriving in America in 1920, Adoian invented the pseudonym Arshile Gorky-and obliterated his past. Claiming to be a distant cousin of the novelist Maxim Gorky, he found work as an art teacher and undertook a program of rigorous study, schooling himself in the modern painters he most admired, especially Cezanne and Picasso. By the early forties, Gorky had entered his most fruitful period and developed the style that is seen as the link between European modernism and American abstract expressionism. His masterpieces influenced the great generation of American painters in the late forties, even as Gorky faced a series of personal catastrophes: a studio fire, cancer, and a car accident that temporarily paralyzed his painting arm. Further demoralized by the dissolution of his seven-year marriage, Gorky hanged himself in 1948. A sympathetic, sensitive account of artistic and personal triumph as well as tragedy, Hayden Herrera's biography is the first to interpret Gorky's work in depth. The result of more than three decades of scholarship-and a lifelong engagement with Gorky's paintings- Arshile Gorky traces the progress from apprentice to master of the man Andre Breton called "the most important painter in American history." Includes 195 photographs and examples of Gorky’s work. (First Edition)

Size: 6 x 9.5

Pages: Pp 767

ST#:
2003.01
   
Date: 2004

Title: Arshile Gorky, The Early Years (Hard Cover DJ) (Published by Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, Inc., Los Angeles, California)

Author: Lader, Melvin P.; Preface: Rutberg, Jack

Description: Published in conjunction with an exhibition at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, Inc., Los Angeles, California, November 5, 2004 - February 26, 2005. Publisher’s description: "This important text with 96 pages and 103 color illustrations, is devoted to an important ormative phase of Arshile Gorky's career. Melvin P. Lader, leading scholar on the artist's work, establishes new critical ground expanding upon his extensive research and previous writings on the life and work of Arshile Gorky. With significant new insights and revelations into his early years, Mel Lader's essay and Jack Rutberg's preface bring to greater light a profound artistic relationship between Gorky and artist Hans Burkhardt, which would have an enduring impact. All of the works in this book were from Burkhardt's collection, with the majority of these - more than 100 works - having never before been exhibited or reproduced." (First Edition)

Size: 9.25 x 9

Pages: Pp 95

ST#:
2004.01.0219
   
Date: 2009

Title: Rethinking Arshile Gorky (Soft Cover) (Published by The Pennsylvania State University Press, University Park, Pennsylvania)

Author: Theriault, Kim S.

Description: Back cover: "Often referred to as the last Surrealist and first Abstract Expressionist, Arshile Gorky (c. 1900–1948) appears as an interstice within art history’s linear progression. Gorky embraced dream imagery in the tradition of the Surrealists, used all-over patterning before Jackson Pollock, promoted disembodied color before Mark Rothko, exploited the physicality of paint before Willem de Kooning, and anticipated stain painting. His life—he escaped the Armenian Genocide of 1915 and struggled as an immigrant artist in New York in the 1930s and 1940s—and his tumultuous personal relationships have cast the artist as a tragic figure and often overshadowed the genius of his art. Rethinking Arshile Gorky is an examination of the artist and his work based on themes of displacement, self-fashioning, trauma, and memory. By applying a multitude of techniques, including psychoanalytic, semiotic, and constructivist analyses, to explain and demythologize the artist, Kim Theriault offers a contemporary critique of both the way we construct the idea of the "artist" in modern society and the manner in which Arshile Gorky and his art have historically been addressed." Includes 25 color plates and an additional 49 B&W illustrations. (First Edition)

Size: 7 x 10

Pages: Pp 243

ST#:
2009.01.0719
   
Date: 2010

Title: Arshile Gorky, Enigma and Nostalgia (Hard Cover DJ) (Published by Tate Publishing, London)

Author: Gale, Matthew

Description: Published in conjunction with an exhibition at Philadelphia Museum of Art, October 21, 2009 - January 10, 2010; Tate Modern, London, February 10 - May 3, 2010; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, June 6 - September 20, 2010. Dust jacket: "Arshile Gorky (1904-48) is a pivotal figure in mid twentieth century American painting, providing a bridge between European moderism and the generation who established the New York School. Coinciding with a major retrospective exhibition of his work at Tate Modern (3 February - 3 May 2010), this succinct and accessible survey examines a career that began and ended with tragedy but that produced some of the greatest paintings of a generation. Gorky was born Vosdanik Adoian in Armenia, his family moving to the city of Van in 1910. When the Turkish army laid siege to Van in 1914, he took part in its defence, eventually fleeing 100 miles on foot with his sister and his mother, who dies of starveation in Eastern Armenia in 1919. In 1920, the artist arrived as a refugee in New York with his sister, taking his second name from the Russian poet Maxim Gorky, whose cousin he sometimes claimed to be. He swiftly turned to art, studying and later teaching at the New School of Design in Boston. In the 1920s he produced two versions of his most famous early work, The Artist and his Mother, derived from a single surviving family photograph. His later style wedded biomorphic, abstract and surrealist elements, making him a leading figure in the Abstract Expressionist movement. His career was cut short by a series of personal tragedies, which ended with his suicide in 1948." Includes 49 color plates. Original list price $24.95. (First Edition)

Size: 9.25 x 9.25

Pages: Pp 96

ST#:
2010.02.0219
   
Date: 2010

Title: Arshile Gorky. Works/Writings 2010 (Hard Cover DJ) (Published by Polígrafa, Ediciones, S. A., Barcelona, Spain)

Author: Mattison, Robert S.; Goirdy, Arshile; Davis, Stuart

Description: Dust jacket: "Born on the shores of Lake Van in Armenia, Arshile Gorky (1904-1948) emigrated to the United States in 1920 where he established himself as one of the greatest painters of the period and a seminal figure in the Abstract Expressionist movement. Although Gorky's life and artistic career were cut short by his suicide in 1948, the incredible body of work he left behind, which managed to synthesize Surrealism and the sensuous colour and mastery of the School of Paris with his own personal artistic form, secured his reputation as one of the last great surrealist painters and one of the first abstract expressionists." Includes 126 photographs and examples of Gorky’s work. (First Edition)

Size: 8.5 x 11.25

Pages: Pp 159

ST#:
2010.01.1218
   
Date: 2019

Title: Art & Antiques - June 2019 (Published monthly by Art & Antiques Worldwide Media, LLC., New York)

Author:
Fensom, Sarah E.

Description:
"Explorer of the New World. Arshile Gorky, an American refugee, remade himself in America, the synthesizing and art practice that brought him to the brink of Abstract Expressionism... The new Gorky enrolled at the National Academy of Design and the Grand Central School of Art (where he would eventually instruct), but was ultimately self-taught. He haunted the halls of museums and poured over pages of art books and magazines. He studied El Greco, Pieter Bruegel the elder, and Paolo Uccello and filled his sketchbook books with examples of Fayum mummy portraits, Pompeii wall paintings, and Japanese works he discovered at the Met. "He was inhabiting the point of view, techniques, and skills of other artists throughout space and time," says Spender. But this mode of self-pedagogy was so affective, notes Devaney, not simply because it employed studying the masters but because of "how well Gorky chose," adding that Betty Parsons, one of the last century’s most noted arbiters of taste, said she had met no one with a more elevated authenticity of sensibility..." Includes 12 examples of Gorky’s work. Original cover price $7.99.

Size: 9 x 11

Pages:
Pp 78-87

ST#:
2019.03.0619
   
   
   
  ARSHILE GORKY ART 
   
Date: Circa 1930

Title: Arshile Gorky. "Untitled." Circa 1930. Oil on artist board. 13.5 x 19."

Description: Similar in style to: Still Life with Skull, Circa 1927-28 (Gorky, Lader, 1985, p.22-23); Cubist Still Life, Circa 1928–1929; Still Life (Composition No. 7), Circa 1935. (Gorky, Hirshhorn Museum, 1979, p.29.); Image in Khorkom, Circa 1936-37, (Gorky, Lader, 1985, p.45) Head, Circa 1937; Still Life, Not Dated, (Arshile Gorky, Works/Writings, Mattison, 2009, p.28). Stamped on verso: "Dresdner Akademie-Studien-Carton.. Schutz- G.&W. D. Marke" ("G.&W. D." with-in an inverted triangle.) Label pasted to verso: "Rodman’s Art Gallery. A. Gorky (hand written). William Rodman & Co., Limited. Dealers in Works of Art. 41, Donegall Place, Belfast." William Rodman Gallery was in business in Belfast from the 1880's or earlier until the 1950's. "William Rodman & Co., Dealers in Works of Art... 41 Donegall Place, Belfast. Donegall Place is a street of magnificent shops, but we doubt if there is any establishment among the many notable ones in that fine thoroughfare which presents a greater wealth of artistic beauty and attractiveness in its contents, than the well known fancy warehouse of Messrs Rodman & Co. This eminent house was founded upwards of twenty five years ago by its present sole principal Mr. William Rodman, and it has gained a recognized position as the leading establishment in Belfast for the supply of the highly artistic goods in which its specialty consists..." "The Industries of Ireland, Part I: Belfast." Historical Publishing Company, London and at Edinburgh, Birmingham and Belfast, 1891. Provenance: William Rodman & Co. Belfast. Signed upper left: "A. Gorky."

Size: 13.5 x 19."

ST#:
1930.01.1218
   
Arshile Gorky: Study of "Untitled."
 
 
 
   
   
Date: Circa 1943

Title: Arshile Gorky. "Untitled." Circa 1943. Oil on canvas. 24 x 18".

Description: Similar in style to "Garden of Sochi" 1943, and "Waterfall" ca 1943. Here, Gorky creates fluid biomorphic shapes, almost organic in nature. Hints of .abstract flowers, plants and landscapes. Colors are strong and dynamic. Layers upon layers, creating depth. Strokes are laid down as solids and washes. Shapes are defines with black outlines. Signed lower right: "A Gorky." Stamped on frame: "Anco Bilt" (within an artist’s pallet), "Glendale NY" and "24." And "Anco Bilt" (within an artist’s pallet), "Glendale NY" and "18."

Size: 24 x 18".

ST#:
1943.01.1118
   
Arshile Gorky: Study of "Untitled."
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Date: Circa 1944

Title: Arshile Gorky. "Untitled." Circa 1944.

Description: Pencil and crayon or pastel on paper. 12 x 12." Similar in style to: "Landscape - Virginia," 1945, and other untitled drawings circa 1943 - 45. Gorky creates fluid shapes, almost organic in nature. Hints of abstract flowers, plants and landscapes. Drawn in pencil, shading in pencil with crayon or pastel accents. Signed lower right: "A. Gorky."

Size: 12 x 12."

ST#:
1944.01.0119
   
Arshile Gorky: Study of "Untitled."
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
   

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