Arshile Gorky, American, b. Khorkom, Armenia, 1904–1948
Mrs. Agnes Gorky Phillips*
Sidney Janis Gallery, New York*
Harold Diamond, New York, to 8 June 1964
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, 8 June 1964-17 May 1966
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966
* according to "Flying Tigers" ex. cat., no. 10.
Exhibition History
SIDNEY JANIS GALLERY, New York. "Paintings by Arshile Gorky from 1929 to 1948," 5 February-3 March 1962, no. 14.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Inaugural Exhibition," 4 October 1974-15 September 1975, no. 495, ill. p. 352; p. 697.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Arshile Gorky: The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection," 4 October-25 November 1979, catalogue by Phyllis D. Rosenzweig, no. 19, p. 32; ill. p. 33.
ART MUSEUM OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN. "Painting as Painting," 18 February-1 April 1968, no. 26, ill.
NATIONAL COLLECTION OF FINE ARTS, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Opening Exhibition," 3 May-1 September 1968.
SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, New York. "Arshile Gorky, 1904-1948: A Retrospective," 23 April-19 July 1981, no. 128, ill. Tour: DALLAS MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, 11 September-8 November; LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART, 3 December-28 February 1982.
BELL GALLERY, BROWN UNIVERSITY, Providence. "Flying Tigers: Painting and Sculpture in New York 1939-1946," 27 April-27 May 1985, no. 10, ill. Tour: PARRISH ART MUSEUM, Long Island, 9 June-28 July.
PHILLIPS COLLECTION, Washington, DC. "Theme & Improvisation: Kandinsky & the American Avant-Garde 1912-1950," 19 September-29 November 1992, pl. 80; p. 225. Tour: DAYTON ART INSTITUTE (organizer), 12 December-31 January 1993; TERRA MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, Chicago, 13 February-25 April; AMON CARTER MUSEUM, Fort Worth, 14 May-1 August.
MUSEUM BOCHUM, Germany. "Art of the Armenians," 14 January-17 April 1995, no. 323, color ill. p. 395.
AICHI PREFECTURAL MUSEUM OF ART, Nagoya, Japan. "Abstract Expressionism," 26 July-16 September 1996, no. 17, color ill. p. 67. Tour: SEZON MUSEUM OF ART, Tokyo, 6 June-14 July; HIROSHIMA CITY MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, 29 September-17 November.
PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART. "Arshile Gorky: A Retrospective," 21 October 2009-10 January 2010, cat. Tour: TATE MODERN, London, 10 February-3 May; MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, Los Angeles, 6 June-20 September.
Published References
PEASE, ROLAND F., JR. "Gallery Previews in New York," Pictures on Exhibit XXV, no. 6 (March 1962), p. 14.
FORGEY, BENJAMIN. "A Hirshhorn Art Survey: Striking and Surprising," Washington Star (23 February 1971), ill.
LERNER, ABRAM, et al. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1974), fig. 495, p. 352; p. 697.
SUENAGA, TERUKAZU. "Mirror of Memory: Gorky's Cruel Change," Mizue 9, no. 894 (September 1979), ill. p. 17.
RAND, HARRY. Arshile Gorky: The Implications of Symbols (Montclair, New Jersey: Allanheld & Schram, 1980), fig. 6-1, pp. 84-85, 87, 100.
JORDAN, JIM M. and ROBERT GOLDWATER. The Paintings of Arshile Gorky: A Critical Catalogue (New York and London: New York University Press, 1982), no. 262, pp. 410-411, ill.; p. 82.
ALLEN, JANE ADDAMS. "An Eclipsed Art Critic Shines Anew," Insight (13 April 1987), ill. p. 63.
RAND, HARRY. "Gorky's Waterfalls (1943)," ArtNews 96, no. 10 (November 1997), ill. p. 118.
CARTWRIGHT, DERRICK R. et al. American Moderns 1900-1950 (Giverny, France: Musee d'Art Americain, 2000), in illustrated chronology sec.
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966
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Oil on canvas
38 1/8 × 25 1/8 in. (96.8 × 64 cm)