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Spender, Matthew

Overview
Works: 67 works in 174 publications in 6 languages and 3,280 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Exhibition catalogs  Biographies  Records and correspondence  History  Archives  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Local history 
Roles: Author, Editor, zxx, Illustrator, Author of introduction, Contributor
Classifications: N6537.G65, 759.13
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Matthew Spender
From a high place : a life of Arshile Gorky by Matthew Spender( Book )

12 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 791 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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
Arshile Gorky : the breakthrough years by Dore Ashton( Book )

14 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 660 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Arshile Gorky (1904-1948) is recognized as one of the most crucial and intriguing figures in the early shaping of Abstract Expressionism. Gorky pioneered a complex vocabulary of forms by fusing landscapes remembered from his childhood home in Armenia with surrealist imagery and abstract plumes of color. In so doing, he helped create a distinctly new vision for painting, leading American art into one of the most experimental periods in its history. Gorky's most important paintings and drawings were executed from 1940 through 1947, powerfully expansive years that many regard as his breakthrough period. His rich, mature work of these years is the focus of this illuminating volume, the most comprehensive book on the subject
Arshile Gorky and the genesis of abstraction : drawings from the early 1930s by Matthew Spender( Book )

11 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Arshile Gorky : goats on the roof : a life in letters and documents by Arshile Gorky( Book )

7 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This text tells the story of Arshile Gorky's life through his personal letters, the correspondence between friends and family and key contemporary reviews. A portrait of the artist, this group of letters and documents shows Gorky's struggle for recognition, his devotion to his family and his connection to his Armenian heritage
A house in St John's Wood : in search of my parents by Matthew Spender( Book )

8 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A son's personal exploration of one of the most influential--and troubled--artistic couples of the twentieth century, Stephen Spender and Natasha Litvin"--
Within Tuscany by Matthew Spender( Book )

12 editions published between 1992 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

De auteur, een beeldend kunstenaar, verhaalt over zijn leven in Toscane en wisselt dit af met anekdotes en beschouwingen over kunst en geschiedenis
Arshile Gorky : paintings and drawings 1929-1942 by Arshile Gorky( Book )

2 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The show will be comprised of 17 paintings and 23 works on paper from this very influential period in Gorky's brief but potent career. It covers a decade where Gorky's inspirations synthesize to forge a radically new development in American art. Influences ranging from the Renaissance painter Paolo Uccello to Picasso, Miro and the surrealists can be seen in the work. As Michael Auping has asserted, it is during this time that Gorky establishes a complex formal vocabulary that acts as an important link between European surrealism and the development of Abstract Expressionism. The exhibition contains pieces from some of Gorky's key serial works. Included are drawings and a painting from the group entitled Nighttime, Enigma and Nostalgia. This somber, dreamlike series combines bio-morphic abstraction with surrealism. Also included are two paintings and related drawings entitled Khorkom, named after Gorky's birthplace, a town in the Armenian province of Van. In three paintings from the well-known Garden in Sochi series of the early 1940s, Gorky invokes his father's garden in Armenia. His need to reconnect himself with his ancient homeland and with his idealized childhood provides the beguiling imagery that gives Gorky's work its unique quality
Arshile Gorky : works on paper by Arshile Gorky( Book )

10 editions published in 1992 in 4 languages and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Arshile Gorky : the plow and the song : a life in letters and documents by Arshile Gorky( Book )

2 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Arshile Gorky : portraits by Arshile Gorky( Book )

3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mythology : Alexander Calder, Willem De Kooning, Max Ernst, Arshile Gorky, Adolph Gottlieb, Frederick Kiesler, André Masson, Roberto Matta, Joan Miró, Barnett Newman, Isamu Noguchi, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, David Smith : February 22-April 14, 2012( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A " ... a group exhibition exploring the influence of myths and archetypes on the origins of Abstract Expressionism"--Pace Gallery Website
Zypressen im Weinberg ein Leben in der Toskana by Matthew Spender( Book )

2 editions published between 1993 and 1995 in German and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Una storia armena : vita di Arshile Gorky by Matthew Spender( Book )

2 editions published in 2010 in Italian and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Francis Bacon : inseguire i sensi( Book )

3 editions published in 2014 in Italian and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Il diario di Sintra : dicembre 1935 - agosto 1936( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in Italian and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Arshile Gorky : works on paper = Arshile Gorky : opere su carta by Arshile Gorky( Book )

3 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The worlds of Stephen Spender : I think continually of those who were truly great( Book )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Diario de Sintra : diciembre de 1935, agosto de 1936 by Stephen Spender( Book )

1 edition published in 2017 in Spanish and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vivere nel senese by Matthew Spender( )

2 editions published in 1996 in Italian and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Matthew Spender : archeologia del presente by Matthew Spender( Book )

2 editions published in 2008 in Undetermined and Italian and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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From a high place : a life of Arshile Gorky
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Alternative Names
Matthew Spender

Matthew Spender Brits beeldhouwer

Matthew Spender English sculptor and painter

Мэттью Спендер

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