Arshile Gorky: The Plow and the Song: A Life in Letters and Documents

A remarkable addition to the ever-evolving scholarship on Arshile Gorky, ‘The Plow and the Song: A Life in Letters and Documents’ chronicles the artist’s life and work through his personal letters, correspondence between friends and family, and key contemporary reviews. The publication builds upon Matthew Spender’s 2009 book ‘Arshile Gorky: Goats on the Roof’ and features never-before-published materials, including diary entries from Gorky’s late wife, as well as new letters and archival images.

Now celebrated as a seminal figure in the shift to abstraction that transformed twentieth-century American art, Gorky struggled to gain critical recognition throughout his life. His evolution as an artist was marked by constant cycles of radical reinvention as well as periods of profound personal tragedies. Designed by Johannes Breyer with Robert Janes, ‘The Plow and the Song’ integrates a wide array of artwork as well as archival materials, offering a comprehensive and dynamic portrait of the artist.

Publication Details

  • Edited by Matthew Spender
  • Book design: Johannes Breyer, Berlin with Robert Janes
  • English
  • Flexicover
  • 240 x 180 mm
  • 584 pages
  • 978 3 906915 08 1
  • May 2018
  • £40 / $50 / 45€ / 50 CHF
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