The Arshile Gorky Foundation maintains an archive of scholarly papers, literature, and unpublished research and correspondence related to Gorky. The Arshile Gorky Foundation Archive includes the files and correspondence of the late Gorky scholar Melvin P. Lader as well as digital copies of the records of the Estate of Arshile Gorky and the scholarly research papers of Matthew Spender. Much of this material is published in Arshile Gorky: The Plow and the Song: A Life in Letters and Documents, edited by Matthew Spender and published by Hauser & Wirth (May 2018).
The Arshile Gorky Foundation Archive consists of hundreds of thousands of documents and images. The Foundation continues to add to, preserve, and digitize this comprehensive library and documentation of the artist’s life and work. The archive includes object, correspondence, exhibition, and bibliographic files; catalogue raisonné research; reference material; oral history interviews; photographs, including images of Arshile Gorky, his artworks and installation shots; audiovisual material; printed material; catalogues and brochures, among other items.
While the archive exists primarily to support and enable research for the Foundation’s catalogue raisonné initiative, partial access is permitted to qualified scholars, art historians, and curators upon request. Please contact the Foundation for more information.