Arshile Gorky Catalogue Raisonné
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Photo: Peter Schälchli
D1403
[Gray Drawing (Pastoral)]
c. 1946–47
Charcoal and pastel on paper
50 3/8 x 61 7/16 in. (128 x 156.1 cm)
Recto not inscribed
Verso not seen
Private collection
Exhibitions
Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, Late Drawings by Gorky, September 28–October 24, 1959, no. 35, ill. in b/w, as "Grey Drawing."
Arts Council of Great Britain (organizer), Tate Gallery, London, Arshile Gorky, Paintings and Drawings, 1965, no. 132, as "Tekening (Pastorale) / Drawing (Pastoral)," [exhibited in Rotterdam only]. Traveled to: Tate Gallery, London, April 2–May 2, 1965; Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, May 22–June 27, 1965; Museum Boymans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, July 24–September 5, 1965. (Museum Boymans van Beuingen 1965)..
M. Knoedler & Co. Inc, New York, Gorky: Drawings, November 25–December 27, 1969, no. 101, ill. as fig. 6, p. 14, as "Untitled Drawing."
Städtische Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf, 2 Jahrzehnte amerikanische Malerei 1920–1940, June 10–August 12, 1979 (Exhibition catalogue: Schmidt 1979), no. 141, p. 154, as "Untitled (Pastorale)." Traveled to: Kunsthaus Zurich, August 23–October 28, 1979; Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, November 10–December 30, 1979 (as Peinture américaine, 1920–1940 (Amerikaanse schilderkunst, 1920–1940)).
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Arshile Gorky 1904–1948: A Retrospective, April 24–July 19, 1981, no. 225, ill. in b/w, p. 239, as "Grey Drawing (Pastorale)," dated 1946–47. Traveled to: Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, September 11–November 8, 1981; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, December 3, 1981–February 28, 1982.
Sala de Exposiciones de la Fundación Caja de Pensiones, Madrid, Arshile Gorky, 1904–1948, October 17–December 23, 1989, no. 93, ill. in color, p. 157, as "Grey Drawing (Pastoral)." Traveled to: Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, January 19–March 25, 1990.
Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland, Arshile Gorky: Œuvres sur Papier, 1929–1947; Arbeiten auf Papier, 1929–1947, September 21–November 11, 1990, no. 114, ill. in b/w, p. 184, as "Dessin gris Pastoral / Zeichnung in Grau Pastoral." Traveled to: Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Vienna, January 16–February 27, 1991; Musée Cantini, Marseille, France, March 15–May 30, 1991; Musée d'art Moderne de Saint Étienne, France, June 20–September 2, 1991; Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, September 25–November 10, 1991; Kunsthalle Bremen, Germany, November 19, 1991–January 26, 1992.
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Arshile Gorky: A Retrospective of Drawings, November 20, 2003–February 15, 2004, no. 133, ill. in color, p. 227, as "Gray Drawing for Pastoral." Traveled to: Menil Collection, Houston, March 5–May 9, 2004.
Gagosian Gallery, London, Arshile Gorky: Virginia Summer 1946, February 10–April 1, 2010 (Exhibition catalogue: Anfam 2010), ill. in color, p. 41, as "Gray Drawing for Pastoral."
Gagosian Gallery, New York, Arshile Gorky: 1947, May 6–July 1, 2011, as "Gray Drawing for Pastoral."
Hauser & Wirth, New York, Ardent Nature: Arshile Gorky Landscapes, 1943–47, November 2–December 23, 2017 (Exhibition catalogue: Spender and Devaney 2017), ill. in color, pp. 84–85; p. 139, as "Grey Drawing for Pastoral."
Ca'Pesaro International Gallery of Modern Art, Venice, Italy, Arshile Gorky: 1904–1948, May 8–September 22, 2019, ill. in color, p. 205; detail ill. in color, pp. 42–43, as "Gray Drawing for Pastoral."
Literature
Crehan, Hubert. "Arshile Gorky." Artnews (New York) 58, no. 6 (October 1959), discussed p. 12, as "Grey Drawing."
Johnson, Patricia C. "Exhibit Reveals Gorky's Genius: Menil Collection Shows 140 of Artist's Works." Houston Chronicle, March 6, 2004, discussed p. 9D, as "Gray Drawing for Pastoral."
Landi, Ann. "Arshile Gorky: Whitney Museum." Artnews (New York) 103 (April 2004), discussed p. 113, as "Gray Drawing for Pastoral."
Cotter, Holland. "The Art of Bliss Remembered." New York Times, December 8, 2017, ill. in color, p. 21, as "Gray Drawing for Pastoral."
Field, Parker. "Beyond The Limit." In Arshile Gorky: Beyond The Limit, edited by Jennifer Magee. Zurich: Hauser & Wirth Publishers, 2021. Exhibition catalogue, discussed p. 12; ill. in color, p. 50, as "Untitled (Gray Drawing for Pastoral)."
Notes
The drawing was mounted posthumously on a wood strainer and was examined framed; no documentation of its verso has been made available.
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