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From a high place : a life of Arshile Gorky

Author: Matthew Spender
Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographie
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Spender, Matthew.
From a high place.
New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1999
(OCoLC)607354472
Online version:
Spender, Matthew.
From a high place.
New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1999
(OCoLC)607885011
Named Person: Arshile Gorky; Arshile Gorky; Arshile Gorky; Arshile Gorky; Achille Gorky; Arshile Gorky
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew Spender
ISBN: 0375403787 9780375403781
OCLC Number: 41295446
Notes: "Published simultaneously in Canada by Random House of Canada Limited, Toronto"--Title page verso.
Description: xxiii, 417 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Contents: Gorky's Family Tree --
Khorkom --
Van City --
Yerevan --
Watertown --
Sullivan Street --
Union Square --
The Public Works of Art Project --
The Federal Art Project --
The Newark Airport Murals --
Old and New Paths --
The World's Fair --
War --
San Francisco --
A Change of Direction --
Crooked Run --
Surrealists in New York --
A Second Summer at Crooked Run --
Roxbury --
Two Disasters --
Union Square --
Sherman --
Last Six Weeks.
Other Titles: Life of Arshile Gorky
Responsibility: Matthew Spender.
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"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 sympathy and perception, and he gets to the heart of his elusive subject."--BOOK JACKET. "Born in Khorkom, a small Armenian village in eastern Turkey, Arshile Gorky grew up haunted by memories of his alternately idyllic and terrifying childhood: the scars of the 1896 Turkish massacres of his people; then the mass slaughter of 1915 from which his own family fled; the desertion of his father; the dominance of his headstrong and loving mother, who died of starvation after they found shelter in the Caucasus."--BOOK JACKET. "Making his way to the United States, the young Gorky determined against all odds to become a painter. He buried his past by assuming a new name and identity, and brazened his way into the art world. At once charming and peremptory, seemingly an extrovert but secretive at heart, he could both dazzle and alienate his art students (Rothko was one of his earliest), his fellow painters, and his young loves, as well his potential dealers and patrons. His last years, dogged by tragedy and illness, threatened even the haven of his marriage and family, until finally, in 1948, he took his own life."--Jacket.

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