Study for "Nighttime, Enigma, and Nostalgia"

(c. 1932)

Arshile Gorky, American, b. Khorkom, Armenia, 1904–1948

Ink on paper, 20 1/8 × 28 3/4 in. (51.1 × 73 cm)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Joseph H. Hirshhorn Purchase Fund, 2000

Accession Number: 00.6

Private collection
Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, by 1981
Private collection, New York
Sigrid Freundorfer Fine Art, New York
Harvey and Francoise Rambach, New Jersey, from 1984-1999
James Goodman Gallery, New York, to 28 April 2000
Joseph H. Hirshhorn Purchase Fund, 2000

Exhibition History:
UNIVERSITY ART MUSEUM, UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN. "Arshile Gorky: Drawings to Paintings," 12 October-23 November 1975, no. 98. Tour: SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF ART, 4 December-12 January 1976; NEUBERGER MUSEUM, STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK COLLEGE AT PURCHASE, 10 February-14 March; MUSEUM OF ART, MUNSON-WILLIAMS PROCTOR INSTITUTE, Utica, New York, 4 April-9 May.
BROWN UNIVERSITY, BELL GALLERY, LIST ART BUILDING, Providence. "Graham, Gorky, Smith, and Davis in the Thirties," 30 April-22 May 1977, cat.
SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, New York. "Arshile Gorky: A Retrospective," 23 April-19 July 1981, no. 46, ill. Tour: DALLAS MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, 11 September-8 November; LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART, 3 December-28 February 1982.
BOCA RATON MUSEUM OF ART, Florida. "Masterpieces of American Modernism: Selections from the Harvey and Francoise Rambach Collection," 10 March-23 April 1995, cat.
NASSAU COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART, Roslyn Harbor, New York. "American Vanguards," 21 January-28 April 1996, cat.
PIERPONT MORGAN LIBRARY, New York. "New York Collects: Drawings and Watercolors, 1900-1950," 20 May-29 August 1999, no. 121, pp. 272-273, ill.
NATIONAL ACADEMY OF DESIGN, New York. "Surrealism USA," 17 February-8 May 2005, cat. Tour: PHOENIX ART MUSEUM, 5 June-25 September.
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:
UNSIGNED. "La Chronique des Arts: Principales Acquisitions des Musées en 2000," Gazette des Beaux-Arts, no. 1586 (March 2001), fig. 246, p. 61.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection, Abstract Expressionism (First Generation)

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