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Arshile Gorky : his life and work

Author: Hayden Herrera; Arshile Gorky
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"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 in Boston, then New York, and undertook  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographie (Descripteur de forme)
Named Person: Arshile Gorky; Arshile Gorky; Arshile Gorky; Arshile Gorky; Arshile Gorky
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hayden Herrera; Arshile Gorky
ISBN: 0374113238 9780374113230
OCLC Number: 50561924
Description: ix, 767 pages, [64] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents: Charahan Surp Nishan --
Armenians in Ottoman Turkey --
Khorkom --
Boyhood --
The departure of Sedrak Adoian --
Akhtamar --
To Van --
The American mission at Van --
Massacres --
The siege of Van --
Our fatherland --
Flight into Russia --
Yerevan --
Famine --
Watertown and Providence --
The young master --
The early years in New York --
Apprentice to the masters --
Teaching --
The Artist and His Mother --
Portrait of Myself and My Imaginary Wife --
The cafeteria people --
Copy art and imitate nature --
Another cup of coffee, another piece of pie --
Fervent scrutinizer --
Exhibitions --
Marny George --
Corinne --
Lyrical man --
The Artists' Union and the American abstract artists --
The Newark Airport murals --
"Deeper and purer work" --
Armenian portraits --
The end of the decade --
A language for all to understand --
Mougouch --
Cohabitation --
San Francisco --
Marriage --
Garden in Sochi --
Comouflage --
Surrealists in exile --
Waterfall --
Virginia --
The Leaf of the Artichoke Is an Owl --
Cutting down the Raphaels --
November and December in New York --
Roxbury --
The eye-spring --
Fearfully linked with the sun --
Sherman --
Phoenix --
A tree cut down --
The sky miner's haul --
Third Virginia summer --
Gorky and the surrealists --
Castine --
The glass house --
Show at Julien Levy --
No more ploughs --
Peeled onion --
Darkness spreads over my soul --
Aftermath --
Fame.
Responsibility: Hayden Herrera.
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"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 in Boston, then New York, and undertook a program of rigorous study, schooling himself in the modern painters he most admired, especially Cezanne and Picasso." "By the 1940s, Gorky had developed a style that is seen as the link between European modernism and American abstract expressionism. His masterpieces influenced the great generations of American painters who came of age after World War II, even as Gorky faced a series of personal catastrophes: a studio fire that destroyed dozens of his paintings, a wasting battle with 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"--Jacket.

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