feature From Van to Sherman: Unearthing the unfinished legacy of Arshile Gorky 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.
profile The Betrothal (c. 1947; Yale University Art Gallery) This series was painted just a year before Gorky’s death. Devastating depictions of marriage combine abstraction with the erotic, melding the psychotic with symbolism. No doubt the unraveling of his marriage in his final years played a role in the images Gorky created.