Matthew Spender and Andrew Graham-Dixon on ‘Arshile Gorky: The Plow and the Song’
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.
Matthew Spender is an English sculptor based in Italy who has written three previous books about his father-in-law, Arshile Gorky. He has also written the acclaimed memoir ‘A House in St John’s Wood: In Search of my Parents,’ about his parents Natasha and Stephen Spender.
Andrew Graham-Dixon is a leading arts historian, writer and broadcaster. He has presented numerous landmark series on art for the BBC, including the acclaimed A History of British Art, Renaissance, Caravaggio and Art of Eternity, as well as numerous individual documentaries on art and artists.