Arshile Gorky Catalogue Raisonné
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Photo: Peter Schälchli
Oil Painting
Oil on canvas
29 1/4 x 40 1/8 in. (74.3 x 101.9 cm)
Front, lower right: A GORKY / [paraph]
Reverse, stretcher bar: 1937
Private collection
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting, November 27, 1940–January 8, 1941, no. 66, as Oil Painting.
San Francisco Museum of Art, Arshile Gorky, August 9–24, 1941, as "Composition," dated 1937.
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Arshile Gorky Memorial Exhibition, January 5–February 18, 1951, no. 23, as "Painting." Traveled to: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, March 4–April 22, 1951; San Francisco Museum of Art, California, May 9–July 9, 1951.
Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, 33 Paintings by Arshile Gorky, December 2–28, 1957 (Exhibition catalogue: Sidney Janis Gallery 1957), no. 5, ill. in b/w, as "Grey Painting."
Museum of Modern Art, New York, Arshile Gorky, 1904–1948, December 19, 1962–February 12, 1963, no. 38, as "Gray Painting." Traveled to: Washington Gallery of Modern Art, Washington, D.C, March 12–April 14, 1963.
Arts Council of Great Britain (organizer), Tate Gallery, London, Arshile Gorky, Paintings and Drawings, 1965, no. 35, as "Grey Painting," [exhibited in London 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)..
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Arshile Gorky 1904–1948: A Retrospective, April 24–July 19, 1981, no. 103, ill. in b/w, p. 144, as "Grey Painting," dated 1937. 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. 24, ill. in color, p. 93, as "Gray Painting." Traveled to: Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, January 19–March 25, 1990.
Gagosian Gallery, New York, Arshile Gorky: Paintings and Drawings, 1929–1942, October 27, 1998–January 9, 1999, ill. in color, p. 43, as "Gray Painting."
Pace Gallery, New York, Mythology, February 22–March 24, 2012, ill. in color, p. 26, as "Grey Painting."
Curl, Huldah. "Arshile Gorky: Memorial Exhibition." Notes and Comments from the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis) 5 (March 1951), ill. in b/w, p. 2, as "Painting."
de Kooning, Elaine. "Gorky: Painter of his Own Legend." Artnews (New York) 49, no. 9 (January 1951), ill. in b/w, p. 40, as "Painting."
Rosenberg, Harold. Arshile Gorky: The Man, the Time, the Idea. New York: Horizon Press, 1962. Monograph, ill. in b/w, p. 67, as "Painting."
Waldman, Diane. "Arshile Gorky: Poet in Paint." In Arshile Gorky 1904–1948: A Retrospective. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc. in collaboration with The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, 1981. Exhibition catalogue, discussed p. 45, as "Grey Painting."
Jordan, Jim M. "Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings." In The Paintings of Arshile Gorky: A Critical Catalogue, by Jim M. Jordan and Robert Goldwater. New York and London: New York University Press, 1982, no. 216, ill. in b/w, pp. 362–63, as "Gray Painting."
Schuyler, James. "Arshile Gorky." Artnews (New York) 56 (December 1957). In Selected Art Writings: James Schuyler, Simon Pettet, ed. Santa Rosa: Black Sparrow Press, 1998, discussed p. 123.
The painting is signed twice in both beige and red paint.
The inscription on the stretcher bar is known from the records of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
On loan: National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., September 20, 1988–September 28, 1994.
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