From a High Place: A Life of Arshile Gorky

From a High Place A Life of Arshile Gorky An immigrant from a small Armenian village in eastern Turkey Arshile Gorky c made his way to the U S to become a painter in Having grown up haunted by memories of his alternately idyll

  • Title: From a High Place: A Life of Arshile Gorky
  • Author: Matthew Spender
  • ISBN: 9780520225480
  • Page: 252
  • Format: Paperback
  • An immigrant from a small Armenian village in eastern Turkey, Arshile Gorky c 1900 1948 made his way to the U.S to become a painter in 1920 Having grown up haunted by memories of his alternately idyllic and terrifying childhood his family fled the Turks genocide of Armenians in 1915 he changed his name and created a new identity for himself in America As an artist,An immigrant from a small Armenian village in eastern Turkey, Arshile Gorky c 1900 1948 made his way to the U.S to become a painter in 1920 Having grown up haunted by memories of his alternately idyllic and terrifying childhood his family fled the Turks genocide of Armenians in 1915 he changed his name and created a new identity for himself in America As an artist, Gorky bridged the generation of the surrealists and that of the abstract expressionists and was a very influential figure among the latter His work was an inspiration to Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko, among others Matthew Spender illuminates this world as he tells the story of Gorky s life and career.

    One thought on “From a High Place: A Life of Arshile Gorky”

    1. Andrew Solomon of the NYT enjoyed this book, but with reservations. He felt that ultimately Matthew Spender was not up to the task of portraying the full extent of Gorky's passion and torment; in his words Spender writing of Gorky was like casting Hugh Grant as King Lear. Imagining this gave me a good subsonic laugh that lasted a few days.But screw that snarky critic and his implied one-dimensional assessment of Gorky. Spender, who happens to be Gorky's posthumous son-in-law, portrayed Gorky's f [...]

    2. This is an excellent and informative biography on one my favorite modern artists, Arshile Gorky. If you have any idea who he is you should read this book. It is extremely well written and gives a great history of his life and passion and how it all turned suddenly into pain. And don't forget to actually search out his work. His late oil paintings are very lyrical and emotive. He is in many major collections but you may have to look to find him.

    3. Strangely incomplete bio of the great Armenian-American painter. Lot's of good info, but I don't feel the author ever really gets at who Gorky was was. Read this as a companion for the Gorky retrospective that's currently at the MOMA in L.A. Have to admit that reading it did add much to my experience at the show.

    4. This was an easy book to read and there seems to be some renewed interest in Gorky with the Tate Modern hosting a retrospective this Spring.

    5. This is actually an excellent biography, but Gorky's life was so tortured, I just couldn't finish the book.

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