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05 Dec 2017

Ardent Nature: Arshile Gorky Landscapes, 1943-47

Hauser & Wirth

Reviewed by Kim Uchiyama

"Ardent Nature" features the late paintings and drawings made by Arshile Gorky during summer months spent at his in-laws' farm. Combining the experience of the pastoral Virginia landscape with imagery developed from the memory of his Georgian homeland, Gorky opened a flood of new associations that appear to tumble forth from works of this period.

Gorky drew with a kind of stenography, influenced by his friend Roberto Matta, to express delicate yet passionate emotions that would have eluded the latter artist. These works are populated by mythological creations stemming from Gorky's imagination, and employ saturated colors, or color washes on white ground, to create light. The title of Anti-Medusa (1947) may be a clue about the subject matter that fueled this enigmatic painter. Works from this time are characterized by a richness and depth that is unparalleled in Gorky's own career, and perhaps in the history of abstract painting.

Exhibition Ardent Nature: Arshile Gorky Landscapes, 1943-47 link
Start date 02 Nov 2017
End date 23 Dec 2017
Presenter Hauser & Wirth link
Venue 32 East 69th Street, New York City, NY, USA map
Image Arschile Gorky, Pastoral, 1947 oil on canvas, 44 x 56 3/4 inches, photographer unknown, courtesy of Hauser & Wirth

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