Without Gorky

Without Gorky, a documentary film produced by Peacock Pictures and the Arshile Gorky Foundation, explores Gorky's personal and artistic legacy through the eyes of three generations -- Agnes "Mougouch" Gorky (his wife), Maro and Natasha Gorky (his daughters), and Cosima Spender (his granddaughter, the filmmaker).  In addition to key interviews with Gorky's family, archival photographs and artwork flesh out the story of the artist and the effects of his suicide. 

 

 

Available for rent from Peacock Pictures Ltd. via vimeo on demand:

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/28491

Upcoming Screenings

There are no screenings scheduled at this time.

Past Screenings

Sheffield Doc / Fest, Library Theatre, Sheffield, UK.  9 June 2011.

Documentary Fortnight Festival, the Museum of Modern Art, New York.  19 & 20 February 2012. 

BBC4, Storyville, 12 March 2012, 10:00 PM.  A one hour version of the film aired on the BBC as Who is Gorky? An Abstract Life. UK residents: the documentary will be available on BBC iplayer for several weeks following the airing.

Brandeis University, Wasserman Cinematheque. 19 April 2012.

LA Film Fest, Los Angeles, CA.  17 June and 22 June 2012. 

Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne, Australia.  13 October 2012.

Reviews

Sophie Brown.  "Sheffield Doc/Fest 2011 - Round Up: Part I."  Littlewhitelies.co.uk, 15 June 2011. 

Max Randhand.  "Without Gorky delves deep into a twisted mind."  The Brandeis Hoot, Arts Section, 20 April 2012.

Emily Salloway.  "Without Gorky review."  The Justice.org, 24 April 2012. 

 
Archival film footage and photographs from Without Gorky

Peacock Pictures and the Arshile Gorky Foundation extend their thanks to the many individuals and institutions who provided photographs and archival material for the film.  In reproducing the images contained in the film, Peacock Pictures and the Arshile Gorky Foundation obtained the permission of the rights holders whenever possible.  In those instances where we could not locate the rights holders, notwithstanding good-faith efforts, we request that any contact information concerning such rights holders be forwarded so that they may be contacted.  As of February 2012, the comprehensive list of photo credits includes:  

Gorky at the Glass House leaning against the window, Sherman, Connecticut, 1948.  Photograph by Ben Schnall. 

Mougouch serving a meal to Gorky, Maro, and Natasha at the Glass House, Sherman, Connecticut, 1948.  Photograph by Ben Schnall. 

The Glass House, Interior view with rear of fireplace, Sherman, Connecticut, 1948.  Photograph by Ben Schnall.

Gorky with cigarette, New York, summer 1946.  Photograph by Gjon Mil.  Courtesy of Time Life / Getty Images.

Gorky doing an Armenian dancing at the wedding of V.V. Richard and John Magruder, New York, 1944.  Courtesy of the Judith Young Mallin Archive, New York.

Gorky seated, New York, summer 1946.  Photograph by Gjon Mil.  Time Life / Getty Images.

Gorky in his studio at 36 Union Square, New York, c.1932.  Photograph by Alexander Sandow.  Courtesy of the Estate of Alexander Sandow, Greg Sandow & Lisa Sandow Lyons, executors.

Gorky drawing in café, c.1926.  Photographer unknown.   

Gorky with John Graham, New York, c. 1930s.  Photographer unknown.  John D. Graham Papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.

Gorky and Willem De Kooning with Organization, mid 1930s.  Photographer unknown.  Photograph courtesy Frances Mulhall Achilles Library, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Gorky painting and drawing outside.  16mm film by Moorad Mooradian.  Courtesy of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern). 

Mougouch in a flowery dress, c.1939.  Photograph by Essie or John H. Magruder II.  Courtesy of the Estate of Arshile Gorky.

Gorky’s studio at 36 Union Square, 1940s.  Photograph by Ann Dickey.  Courtesy of the Estate of Ann Dickey.

Gorky in his studio posing, c 1929.  Unknown photographer.  Courtesy of the Estate of Arshile Gorky.

Gorky at work on Organization in his studio at 36 Union Square, New York, mid 1930s.  National Archives and Records Administration, Still Pictures, 69-N-3179-C.

Gorky and his mother in Van City, Turkish Armenia, 1912.  Unknown photographer.

Mougouch and Gorky on the beach, Cape May, New Jersey, September 1942.  Photograph by John H. Magruder II.  Courtesy of the Estate of Arshile Gorky.

Gorky (face on block), late 1920s.  Unknown photographer.  Courtesy of the Estate of Arshile Gorky.

Gorky kneeling next to Mougouch in the country. Photograph by Essie or John H. Magruder II.  Courtesy of Estate of Arshile Gorky.

Arshile Gorky and Agnes Magruder letter to Vartoosh Mooradian and family, San Francisco, September 12, 1941.  Courtesy of the Arshile Gorky Foundation and the Diocese of the Armenian Church (Eastern). 

Gorky and Mougouch on the beach, Cape May, New Jersey, September 1942.  Photograph by John H. Magruder II.  Courtesy Estate of Arshile Gorky.

Gorky ‘marrying’ Mougouch, San Francisco, California.  Unknown photographer.  Courtesy of the Estate of Arshile Gorky.

Mougouch and baby Maro, 1943.  Photograph by Essie or John H. Magruder II.  Courtesy of the Estate of Arshile Gorky.

Gorky with baby Maro in a bucket, 1943.  Photograph by Essie or John H. Magruder II.  Courtesy of the Estate of Arshile Gorky.

Gorky, with Maro on shoulders, Spring 1945.  Photograph by Elisa Breton.  Courtesy of Aube Breton. 

Crooked Run Farm, Lincoln, Virginia.  Photograph by Agnes Magruder Gorky.  Courtesy of the Estate of Arshile Gorky.

Gorky gardening, Crooked Run Farm, Lincoln, Virginia.  Photograph by Agnes Magruder Gorky.  Courtesy of the Estate of Arshile Gorky.

Crooked Run Farm, Lincoln, Virginia.  Photograph by Agnes Magruder Gorky.  Courtesy of the Estate of Arshile Gorky.

Mougouch and Maro with apples, Crooked Run Farm, Lincoln, 1943.  Courtesy of the Estate of Arshile Gorky.

Gorky drawing in a field, Crooked Run Farm, Lincoln, Virginia, 1944.  Photograph by Agnes Magruder Gorky.  Courtesy of the Estate of Arshile Gorky.

Cows, Crooked Run Farm, Lincoln, Virginia, 1944.  Photograph by Agnes Magruder Gorky.  Courtesy of the Estate of Arshile Gorky.

Fields, Crooked Run Farm, Lincoln, Virginia, 1944.  Photograph by Agnes Magruder Gorky.  Courtesy of the Estate of Arshile Gorky.

Gorky drawing in field, Crooked Run Farm, Lincoln, Virginia, 1944.  Photograph by Agnes Magruder Gorky.  Courtesy of the Estate of Arshile Gorky.

Arshile Gorky letter to Vartoosh Mooradian and family, 28 February 1938.  Courtesy of the Arshile Gorky Foundation and the Diocese of Armenian Church of America (Eastern). 

Gorky with Maro on his lap, Crooked Run Farm, Lincoln, Virginia 1943.  Photograph by Agnes Magruder Gorky.  Courtesy of the Estate of Arshile Gorky.

Maro handing Mougouch flowers.  Courtesy of the Estate of Arshile Gorky.

Artists at farewell party for André Breton, New York, November, 1945.  Photographer unknown.  Courtesy of the Austrian Frederick and Lillian Kiesller Private Foundation, Vienna.

Gorky, with Maro on shoulders, and André Breton, 1945.  Photograph by Elisa Breton.  Courtesy Aube Breton.

Arshile Gorky.  March 1945.  Cover of exhibition checklist.  Julien Levy papers, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Archives.

Julien Levy.  Unknown photographer. 

Gorky looking down.  Photograph by Wyatt Davis.  Courtesy of Joan Davis.

Gorky and Maro moving from Roxbury to Sherman, Connecticut, September 1945. Photograph by Agnes Magruder Gorky.  Courtesy of Estate of Arshile Gorky.

Portrait of the Gorky family, New York.  Photograph by Gjon Mil.  Courtesy of Time Life / Getty Images.

Natasha seated, New York.  Photograph by Gjon Mil. Courtesy of Time Life /Getty Images.

Gorky and Natasha, Castine, Maine, summer 1947.  Photograph by John H. Magruder II.  Courtesy of the Estate of Arshile Gorky.

Mougouch and Natasha, Sherman, Connecticut, 1948.  Photograph by Ben Schnall. 

The Gorky family on a bench with dog, 1945.  Photographer unknown.  Courtesy of the Estate of Arshile Gorky.

Gorky with Natasha, 1946. Photograph by Agnes Magruder Gorky.  Courtesy of the Estate of Arshile Gorky.

Gorky and Maro in Washington Square, New York, 1946.  Photograph by Agnes Magruder Gorky.  Courtesy of the Estate of Arshile Gorky.

Mougouch (standing), Castine, Maine, summer 1947. Photograph by John H. Magruder II.  Courtesy of the Estate of Arshile Gorky.

Maro Gorky painting at the age of five.  Courtesy Maro Gorky and Matthew Spender.

Mougouch (hand on head), Castine, Maine, summer 1947. Photograph by John H. Magruder II.  Courtesy of the Estate of Arshile Gorky.

Glass House, exterior, Sherman, Connecticut, 1948.  Photograph by Ben Schnall.  Courtesy Time Life / Getty Images.

Gorky in his studio, Sherman, Connecticut, 1948.  Photograph by Ben Schnall.

The Glass House, Maro and Natasha, Sherman, Connecticut, 1948.  Photograph by Ben Schnall.

The Glass House, Mougouch and Maro by fireplace, Sherman, Connecticut, 1948. Photograph Ben Schnall.

The Glass House, Gorky against the window, Sherman, Connecticut, 1948.  Photograph by Ben Schnall.

Gorky sitting looking out of Glass Window, Sherman, Connecticut, 1948.  Photograph by Ben Schnall.  Courtesy of Time Life / Getty Images.

Gorky and Maro moving from Roxbury to Sherman, Connecticut, September 1945. Photograph by Agnes Magruder Gorky.  Courtesy of the Estate of Arshile Gorky.

Gorky wearing an immobilization collar, Sherman, Connecticut, 1948.  Photograph by Wifredo Lam.  Courtesy of SDO Wifredo Lam. 

The Glass House, view of stairwell, Sherman, Connecticut.  Photograph Ben Schnall.

The Glass House, main bedroom, Sherman, Connecticut.  Photograph Ben Schnall.

Gorky with a beard.  Unknown photographer.  Courtesy of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern). 

Gorky and Maro in Washington Square, New York, 1946.  Photograph by Agnes Magruder Gorky.  Courtesy of the Estate of Arshile Gorky. 

Natasha with red ball.  Photograph by Agnes Magruder Gorky.  Courtesy of the Estate of Arshile Gorky.

Maro withNatasha in a wheelbarrow, Lincoln, Virginia.  Photograph by Agnes Magruder Gorky.  Courtesy of the Estate of Arshile Gorky. 

Mougouch feeding Maro.  Courtesy of the Estate of Arshile Gorky.

Gorky in Watertown, Massachusetts, c. early 1920s.  Unknown photographer.  Courtesy of the Estate of Arshile Gorky. 

Gorky at work on Activities on the Field, his mural project for the Newark Airport, 1936.  Photo courtesy the Frances Mulhall Achilles Library, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. 

Gorky, i.d. photo, profile view, late 1920s.  Unknown photographer.  Courtesy of the Estate of Arshile Gorky. 

Gorky i.d. photo, full face, late 1920s.  Unknown photographer.  Courtesy of the Estate of Arshile Gorky.

Gorky in Watertown, Massachusetts, early 1920s.  Unknown photographer. Courtesy of the Estate of Arshile Gorky. 

Armenians are marched to a nearby prison in Mezireh by armed Turkish soldiers. Kharpert, Armenia, Ottoman Empire, April 1915.  Courtesy Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives, Watertown, Massachusetts. 

Interview with Vartoosh Mooradian from Strokes of Genius: Arshile Gorky.  Courtesy of the Ross Collection, New York. 

Two photos of the Village at Surp Nishan.  Taken from Keghouni Armenian Review, Venice, 1905.