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Arshile Gorky: 1904–1948

In May 2019, Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia presented a major exhibition of the work of Arshile Gorky at Ca’Pesaro International Gallery of Modern Art. Curated by Gabriella Belli and Edith Devaney, in collaboration with The Arshile Gorky Foundation, this exhibition examined the stages of Gorky’s remarkable career from his earliest works during the 1920s, through to the culmination of his autodidactic study of modern masters and movements, to the point where the elements from these various stimuli explicitly coalesced into Gorky’s singular and powerful vision.

In addition to paintings, the exhibition included a selection of Gorky’s works on paper, which demonstrate his remarkable draughtsmanship. All works were borrowed from significant international institutions and private collections: among the lenders, the Tate London, the National Gallery of Art of Washington, DC, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, The Centre Pompidou of Paris, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza of Madrid, the Israel Museum of Jerusalem. The exhibition included 83 works (listed below).

A fully illustrated catalogue, including essays by the curators as well as Saskia Spender, President of The Arshile Gorky Foundation, will accompany the exhibition, with texts in both English and Italian.

Installation photographs (pictured above) by Lorenzo Palmieri, courtesy of Hauser & Wirth.

Paintings in exhibition:
Still Life with Skull, c. 1927–28. Private collection. (AGF #P027)
Still Life, c. 1928. Private collection. (AGF #P050)
Still Life (Composition with Vegetables), 1928–29. Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin. (AGF #P065)
Still Life, 1929. Private collection. (AGF #P073)
Portrait of Myself and My Imaginary Wife, 1933–34. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. (AGF #P108)
Portrait of Vartoosh, 1933. Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern) on deposit at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon. (AGF #P112)
Portrait of Ahko, c. 1937. Private collection. (AGF #P179)
Untitled, Head, c. 1937. Private collection. (AGF #P180)
Portrait of Jacob Kainen, c. 1934–37. Private collection. (AGF #P116)
Portrait of Master Bill, c. 1937. Private collection. (AGF #P186)
Self-Portrait, c. 1937. Private collection. (AGF #P187)
Blue Figure in Chair, c. 1934–35. Private collection. (AGF #P130)
Untitled, c. 1934–35. Private collection. (AGF #P369)
Still Life (Compilation), 1936. Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern) on deposit at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon. (AGF #P158)
Image in Khorkom, c. 1934–36. Private collection. (AGF #P147)
Image in Khorkom, 1936. Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York. (AGF #P148)
Organization No. 2, 1936–37. Private collection. (AGF #P175)
Still Life on Table, c. 1936–37. Private collection. (AGF #P164)
Still Life with Flowers (Blossom Urn), 1938. Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern) on deposit at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon. (AGF #P228)
Untitled (Smiling Lady), c. 1940–41. Private collection. (AGF #P243)
Painting, c. 1941–42. Private collection. (AGF #P250)
Waterfall, 1942–43. Tate Modern, London. (AGF #P259)
The Liver is the Cock's Comb, 1944. Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York. (AGF #P281)
One Year the Milkweed, 1944. National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. (AGF #P279)
Untitled, 1945. Private collection. (AGF #P303)
Landscape-Table, 1945. Centre Pompidou, Paris. (AGF #P299)
Delicate Game, 1946. Private collection. (AGF #P308)
From a High Place II, 1946. Private collection. (AGF #P312)
From a High Place, c. 1947. Private collection. (AGF #P329)
Soft Night, 1947. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. (AGF #P350)
Painting, 1947. Private collection. (AGF #P344)
The Beginning, 1947. The Israel Museum, Jerusalem. (AGF #P321)
Pastoral, 1947. Private collection. (AGF #P347)
Pastoral, 1947. Private collection. (AGF #P370)
Anti-Medusa, 1947. Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern) on deposit at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon. (AGF #P345)
Painting, 1947–48. Private collection. (AGF #P358)
Untitled, c. 1947–48. Private collection. (AGF #P332)
Dark Green Painting, c. 1948. Private collection. (AGF #P354)
Last Painting, 1948. Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid. (AGF #P360)
The Limit, 1947. Private collection. (AGF #P318)

Drawings in exhibition:
The Artist's Mother, c. 1926–34. Private collection. (AGF #D0662a)
Untitled, c. 1931. Private collection. (AGF #D0181)
Nighttime, Enigma and Nostalgia, c. 1931–32. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. (AGF #D0130a)
Untitled (Study for Mural), 1933–34. Private collection. (AGF #D0192)
Untitled (Nighttime, Enigma and Nostalgia), c. 1931–33. Private collection. (AGF #D0158)
Untitled, c. 1932–34. Private collection. (AGF #D0126)
Untitled (Nighttime, Enigma and Nostalgia), c. 1934–36. Private collection. (AGF #D0462)
Study for Organization, c. 1935. Private collection. (AGF #D0518)
Study for Newark Airport Mural, c. 1935–36. Private collection. (AGF #D0636)
Study for Transport by Air, Sea and Rail, c. 1939. Private collection. (AGF #D0798)
Untitled, 1941. Private collection. (AGF #D0513)
Man with a Pipe (Portrait of Admiral John H. Magruder II), 1943. Private collection. (AGF #D1050)
Portrait of Frederick Kiesler, c. 1942–43. Private collection. (AGF #D1051)
Untitled, c. 1943. Private collection. (AGF #D0993)
Virgnia Landscape, c. 1943. Private collection. (AGF #D1033)
Untitled, 1943. Fondazione Toti Scialoja, Rome. (AGF #D1019)
Apple Orchard, c. 1943–46. Private collection. (AGF #D0972)
Untitled, 1944. Private collection. (AGF #D1013)
Virginia Landscape, c. 1944. Private collection. (AGF #D1028)
Untitled, 1945–46. Private collection. (AGF #D1227)
Untitled, c. 1945. Private collection. (AGF #D1180)
Untitled (Study for Delicate Game), 1945. Private collection. (AGF #D1222)
Untitled, c. 1944–46. Private collection. (AGF #D1105)
Untilted, c. 1946. Private collection. (AGF #D1245)
Untitled, c. 1946. Private collection. (AGF #D1269)
Untitled (Study for The Beginning), 1946. Collection of Katherine Komaroff Goodman, New York. (AGF #D1218)
Untitled, c. 1946. Fondazione Toti Scialoja, Rome. (AGF #D1251)
Untitled, 1946. Fondazione Toti Scialoja, Rome. (AGF #D1185)
Untitled, c. 1946. Private collection. (AGF #D1178)
Untitled, c. 1946. Private collection. (AGF #D1318)
Untitled, 1946. Private collection. (AGF #D0973)
Untitled (Seat of Memory) (Hishoghutyun), 1947. Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern) on deposit at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon. (AGF #D1029)
Study for Dark Green Painting, 1946. Private collection. (AGF #D1246)
Study for Agony, c. 1946–47. Private collection. (AGF #D1338)
Study for Agony, 1946. Private collection. (AGF #D1328)
Agony (Danjank), 1946. Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern) on deposit at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon. (AGF #D1350)
Study for Agony, c. 1946. Private collection. (AGF #D1347)
Untitled, c. 1946. Private collection. (AGF #D1261)
Untitled, 1946. Private collection. (AGF #D1398)
Gray Drawing for Pastoral, c. 1946–47. Private collection. (AGF #D1403)
Study for Pastoral, 1946–47. Private collection. (AGF #D1400)
Study for The Betrothal, 1947. Private collection. (AGF #D1492)

Slideshow

Installation photograph showing a self-portrait painting by Gorky
Installation photograph showing a portrait paintings by Gorky from the early 1930s
Installation photograph showing a Cubist-style paintings by Gorky from the mid-1930s
Installation photograph showing drawings by Gorky from the early 1930s
Installation photograph showing paintings by Gorky from the mid to late 1930s
Installation photograph showing a three abstract drawings by Gorky from the 1940s
Installation photograph showing a seven abstract drawings by Gorky from the 1940s
Installation photograph showing a seven abstract drawings by Gorky from the 1940s
Installation photograph showing two works by Gorky: Apple Orchard and Waterfall
Installation photograph showing two charcoal drawings by Gorky: The Betrothal and Pastoral
Installation photograph showing two paintings by Gorky on the Pastoral theme
Installation photograph showing two works by Gorky: Anti-Medusa and Untitled (Last Painting)
Installation photograph showing five works by Gorky: The Liver is the Cock's Comb, Landscape-Table, Water of the Flowery Mill, The Beginning, and a preparatory drawing for The Beginning
Installation photograph showing four works by Gorky: Soft Night, a preparatory drawing for Dark Green Painting, Dark Green Painting, and Last Painting
Installation photograph showing two works by Gorky: Untitled (pink painting) and The Limit
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