Portrait of Akabi

(c. 1936-1937)

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

Oil on canvasboard, 12 × 9 1/8 in. (30.4 × 23 cm)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966

Accession Number: 66.2136

Provenance:
The artist, New York, to 1942
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, 1942-17 May 1966
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966

Exhibition History:
A.C.A. GALLERY, New York. "Exhibition of Paintings and Sculptures by Friends of Mr. and Mrs. David Burliuk," 3-17 April 1943, no. 26 [labeled as "Head," uncertain but probable it was this piece].
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Inaugural Exhibition," 4 October 1974-15 September 1975, no. 496, ill. p. 353; 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. 3, p. 18, ill. p. 19.
SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, New York. "Arshile Gorky, 1904-1948: A Retrospective," 23 April-19 July 1981, no. 63, ill. Tour: DALLAS MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, 11 September-8 November; LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART, 3 December-28 February 1982.
MUSEUM LUDWIG, Cologne, Germany. "Europe/America: The History of an Artistic Fascination Since 1940," 6 September-30 November 1986, no. 54.
ISRAEL MUSEUM, Jerusalem. "Arshile Gorky," 15 October-15 December 1987. Tour:
LOUISIANA MUSEUM, Humblebaek, Denmark, 1 January-15 February 1988; KUNSTHALLE, Düsseldorf, Germany, 1 March-15 April; WHITECHAPEL GALLERY, London, 1 May-15 June.
FUNDACION CAJA DE PENSIONES, Madrid. "Arshile Gorky: 1904-1948," 17 October-23 December 1989, no.16, pp. 80-81, ill.; pp. 169, 190. Tour: WHITECHAPEL ART GALLERY, London,19 January-25 March 1990.
GAGOSIAN GALLERY, New York. "Arshile Gorky: Portraits," 20 March-27 April 2002, ill. p. 69.
FRESNO ART MUSEUM / ARMENIAN MUSEUM OF FRESNO. "Vosdanik Manouk Adoian a.k.a. Arshile Gorky," 7 April-3 June 2006, cat.
KUNSTHALLE BIELEFELD, Germany. "1937. Perfection and Destruction," 30 September 2007-13 January 2008, cat.
NEUBERGER MUSEUM OF ART AT SUNY, Purchase, New York. "American Vanguards: Graham, Davis, Gorky, de Kooning and their Circle, 1927-1942," 29 January-28 April 2012, cat. Tour: AMON CARTER MUSEUM, Fort Worth, 9 June-19 August; ADDISON GALLERY OF AMERICAN ART, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts (organizer), 21 September-30 December.

Published References:
SAARINEN, ALINE B. The Proud Possessors: The Lives, Times, and Tastes of Some Adventurous American Art Collectors (New York: Random House, 1958), featured in photo with caption "The Gallery, New York."
LERNER, ABRAM, et al. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1974), fig. 496, p. 353; p. 697.
RUSSELL, JOHN. "Guggenheim Retrospective Charts Arshile Gorky's Passion for Art," New York Times (24 April 1981), p. C1, ill.
JORDAN, JIM M. and ROBERT GOLDWATER. The Paintings of Arshile Gorky: A Critical Catalogue (New York and London: New York University Press, 1982), no. 178, ill. p. 324; pp. 56-57.

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

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