Arshile Gorky

a sandwich
and some

I got called into jury duty today.
Museums are free to downtown Los Angeles jurors...
Off to MOCA for the new retrospective during my lunch break!

I know so little about Arshile Gorky, excited to see this show.


Arshile Gorky (b. c.1902, Khorkom, Armenia; d. 1948 Sherman, Conn.)
was a seminal figure in the movement toward abstraction that transformed American art in the middle of the 20th century. Born in an Armenian village on the eastern border of Ottoman Turkey, Gorky was a first-hand witness to the Turkish government's Armenian Genocide of 1915, which led the artist’s family and thousands of others to flee.

In 1920, Gorky emigrated to the United States and eventually settled in New York, where he became a largely self-taught artist. At a time when the American avant-garde privileged originality over traditional working methods, Gorky was a nonconformist who developed his personal vocabulary through a series of intensive apprenticeships to the styles of other artists, including Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, Fernand Leger, and Joan Miro, before developing his own unique and deeply influential visual language in the early 1940s.

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