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Virginia Summer, a c. 1946-47 painting by Arshile Gorky

"People who knew Arshile Gorky and his work had a feeling that his painting The Limit had something extra. They were right." The New York Times reports on Foundation news about a second, previously unseen painting that was recently found beneath Gorky's masterpiece, The Limit. In late 2020, in the context of conservation, Untitled (Virginia Summer) was discovered directly beneath the paper support of The Limit, attached to the original stretcher that Gorky used when The Limit first left his studio in 1947. In the words of the artist's daughter and Foundation Board Member, Natasha Gorky, "It's the freshness of a painting that has not seen the light of day.

From November 16 through December 23, 2021, both paintings, along with related drawings, will be on view at Hauser & Wirth, 542 West 22nd Street, New York, in an exhibition organized by the Arshile Gorky Foundation. The illustrated exhibition catalogue, with essays by Parker Field, Managing Director of the Foundation, and Pepe Karmel, Associate Professsor of Art History at New York University, provides additional insights into the history of The Limit and the significance of Untitled (Viriginia Summer)'s discovery to our understanding of Gorky's oeuvre and studio practice. The exhibition is also accompanied by a new film about the discovery, made by Valerio Bonelli and Gorky's granddaughter and Foundation Board Member, Cosima Spender. To view a comprehensive record of the exhibiton, including a list of the displayed works, consult the show's record in the Arshile Gorky Catalogue Raisonné.

 

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The Limit, 1947, oil on paper mounted on canvas, 50 3/4 x 62 in. (128.9 x 157.5 cm). Private collection. [AGCR: P318]

The Limit, 1947, oil on paper mounted on canvas, 50 3/4 x 62 in. (128.9 x 157.5 cm). Private collection. [AGCR: P318]

Virginia Summer, c. 1946–47, oil on canvas, 50 9/16 x 62 5/8 in. (128.5 x 159 cm). Private collection. [AGCR: P397]

Virginia Summer, c. 1946–47, oil on canvas, 50 9/16 x 62 5/8 in. (128.5 x 159 cm). Private collection. [AGCR: P397]

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