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Arshile Gorky: His Life and Work

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From the Author of "Frida," the Moving and Heroic Story of One of the Central Painters of the Twentieth Century
Born in Turkey around 1900, Vosdanik Adoian escaped the massacres of Armenians in 1915 only to watch his mother die of starvation and his family scatter in their flight from the Turks. Arriving in America in 1920, Adoian invented the pseudonym Arshile Gorky-- and
Hardcover, 767 pages
Published July 14th 2003 by Farrar Straus Giroux
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Oct 22, 2009 rated it liked it
The first 100 pages deal with Gorky's childhood and surroundings in the traditional Armenian areas of the Ottoman Empire and later, when he and his family fled the Turkish massacres of Armenians, in Russian Armenia (the present independent country of Armenia). Herrera personalizes the massacres by connecting these horrors to Gorky's family, but much of these pages includes specifics of wider history, especially in connection with the Turkish destruction of the city of Van by Jevdet Bey (she ...more
Randy Wilson
Gorky comes aliveI became interested in Arshil Gorky after watching, "Ararat," Atom Egoyan's masterful film about the Armenian holocaust. I knew nothing about his art or his place in the annals of art history. Hayden Herrera does a wonderful job giving us a portrait of a troubled eccentric who is also a genius. In particular, she does a terrific job showing his complicated relationship with his homeland. His wife didn't learn until after Gorky was dead that he was Armenian. He told her he was ...more
Dave Holcomb
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
I good overview of the life of one the twentieth century's most influential American artists. Any Gorky biography is challenging, as so much of Gorky's life was an invention, and one that changed with every telling, but Herrera's book provides enough information to hold the narrative together without making dogmatic (and unverifiable) statements.
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A sad story.just a melancholy melody which remains with one for a long time .
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Hayden Herrera is an art historian. She has lectured widely, curated several exhibitions of art, taught Latin American art at New York University, and has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. She is the author of numerous articles and reviews for such publications as Art in America, Art Forum, Connoisseur, and the New York Times, among others. Her books include Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo; ...more