Arshile Gorky: 1904-1948
‘Arshile Gorky, 1904-1948’ accompanies the first Italian museum survey on the career of a leading American painter of Armenian origin. Reproducing over eighty paintings and works on paper from the exhibition at the Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna di Ca’ Pesaro in Venice, this book also features three essays on the artist and the American Abstract Expressionist movement. Saskia Spender, the painter’s granddaughter and president of the Arshile Gorky Foundation, intimately traces the life of the prolific autodidact, reflecting upon Gorky’s influence during his lifetime and beyond. Edith Devaney, curator at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, focuses on the strength of Gorky’s artistic voice and singular hand in his earliest paintings. Gabriella Belli, director of the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, maps out Gorky’s posthumous, and influential, presence in Italy since the year of his death through various editions of Venice Biennales, exhibitions, writings, and critical reception. Gorky’s impact as a beacon of twentieth-century art in the United States and Europe is the legacy that the exhibition and the catalogue seek to bring forward.