Arshile Gorky Catalogue Raisonné
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Photo: Mitro Hood
D1459
(Composition II)
1946
Graphite pencil and crayon on laid paper
18 7/8 x 25 3/16 in. (47.9 x 64 cm)
Recto, in ink, center right: A Gorky / 46
Verso not inscribed
Exhibitions
J. Millard Tawes Fine Arts Center, University of Maryland Art Department and Art Gallery, College Park, The Drawings of Arshile Gorky, March 20–April 27, 1969, no. 36 (Drawings, Sketches, Gouaches), fig. 34, ill. in b/w, p. 45; p. 54, as "Composition II."
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Drawings by Five Abstract Expressionist Painters: Willem de Kooning, Arshile Gorky, Philip Guston, Franz Kline, Jackson Pollock, January 10–February 29, 1976, as "Composition II."
Baltimore Museum of Art and American Federation of Arts, New York (organizers), Master Drawings and Watercolors of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, 1979–80, no. 65, ill. in b/w, p. 145, as "Composition II." Traveled to: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, August 24–October 7, 1979; Des Moines Art Center, November 19, 1979–January 6, 1980; Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, February 8–March 16, 1980; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, May 1–June 22, 1980; Denver Art Museum, July 12–August 24, 1980.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Arshile Gorky 1904–1948: A Retrospective, April 24–July 19, 1981, no. 240, ill. in b/w, p. 246, as "Composition II." Traveled to: Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, September 11–November 8, 1981; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, December 3, 1981–February 28, 1982.
Baltimore Museum of Art, The Baltimore Museum of Art Collects: Surrealist Drawings, February 27–April 29, 1990.
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo (organizers), Arshile Gorky: The Breakthrough Years, 1995–96, no. 36, ill. in color, p. 161, as "Composition II" (exhibited in Washington, D.C. only). Traveled to: National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C, May 7–September 17, 1995; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, October 13–December 31, 1995; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas, January 13–March 17, 1996.
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Arshile Gorky: A Retrospective of Drawings, November 20, 2003–February 15, 2004, no. 129, ill. in color, p. 219, as "Composition II." Traveled to: Menil Collection, Houston, March 5–May 9, 2004.
Literature
Schwabacher, Ethel. Arshile Gorky. New York: The Macmillan Company for the Whitney Museum of American Art, 1957. Monograph, fig. 55, ill. in b/w, p. 123, as "Composition, II."
Reiff, Robert F. "A Stylistic Analysis of Arshile Gorky's Art from 1943–1948." Ph.D. diss., Columbia University, New York, 1961, fig. 80, ill. in b/w, p. 358, as "Composition II."
Baltimore Museum of Art. "Accessions Report: September 1966 through December 1967." Baltimore Museum of Art News 30, nos. 1–2 (1968), nos. 1–2, p. 28, ill. in b/w, as "Composition II."
Anfam, David. "Arshile Gorky: New York and Houston." The Burlington Magazine (London) 146 (March 2004), discussed p. 205, as "Composition II."
Beredjiklian, Alexandre. Arshile Gorky: sept thèmes majeurs. Suresnes, France: Alphamédian & Johanet; Lisbon: Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian, 2007. Monograph, discussed p. 58, as "Composition II."
Matttison, Robert S. Arshile Gorky: Works and Writings. Barcelona: Ediciones Polígrafica, 2009. Monograph, ill. in color, p. 120, as "Virginia-Summer."
Spender, Saskia and Edith Devaney. Ardent Nature: Arshile Gorky Landscapes, 1943–47. Zurich: Hauser & Wirth Publishers, 2017. Exhibition catalogue (2017 New York), ill. in color, p. 66; p. 139, as "Composition II."
Notes
Watermark / Stamp: [Unidentified]
Unidentified blindstamp, lower left
Verso, in pencil, lower right [not in artist's hand]: 67.20 [upside down]
The verso inscription information and marking are known from a photograph provided by the Baltimore Museum of Art.
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