"The Liver is the Cock's Comb Through My Hair" (Graphic: h-pem)
Gorky photographed for the Works Progress Administration Identification on verso (handwritten and stamped): Federal Art Project W.P.A.; Photographic Division; 13 East 37th St.; New York City Location: Mural Dept Mr. Arshile Gorky; Date: 12/10/36; Negative No.: P233; Photographer: Von Urban. (Photo: Public domain); "The Liver is the Cock's Comb" 1944 (Painting: Arshile Goky; Public domain)
Profile | Arshile Gorky
April 15, 1904 - July 21, 1948Profile
Few artists have been able to transcend ethnocultural borders and earn worldwide name recognition: Arshile Gorky is among them. A key founder of abstract expressionist art, Gorky (born Vosdanig Manoug Adoyan) was a prolific painter whose tragic personal life influenced and elevated his art to uncharted heights. A survivor of the Armenian Genocide, he sought safety and peace in the United States, achieving the former but not the latter, tragically taking his own life at the height of his prowess. As contemporary British art critic William Feaver stated, Gorky’s death left the field open for his now more-famous rival, Jackson Pollock. Despite his early departure, Gorky’s artistic legacy lives on today, with many of his paintings and drawings hanging in the world’s most prestigious museums and galleries
"I met a lot of artists — but then I met Gorky... He had an extraordinary gift for hitting the nail on the head; remarkable. So I immediately attached myself to him and we became very good friends. It was nice to be foreigners meeting in some new place.
- Willem De Kooning
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Arshile Gorky’s pioneering art has made him the subject of several books, documentaries, and even a nonprofit foundation dedicated to understanding his work. Yet, his revolutionary legacy also lives on outside of the art world—in one of the most unexpected of places—his home. We ventured to find this artistic oasis and, in doing so, learned more about the man behind the painting. This year marks the 70th anniversary of Gorky’s passing and the unassuming farmhouse that once inspired one of the 20th century’s best painters continues to inspire new generations.
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