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Arshile Gorky: The Breakthrough Years

May 7 – September 17, 1995
East Building, Mezzanine

Arshile Gorky, One Year the Milkweed, 1944, oil on canvas, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund © 1997 The Estate of Arshile Gorky / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 1979.13.2

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: 41 of Arshile Gorky's paintings and drawings from the 1940s established the artist as a pioneer of abstract expressionism. Works in the exhibition came from the collections of the National Gallery and other public and private lenders.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth in cooperation with the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington. Michael Auping, chief curator at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, was curator of the exhibition. Mark Rosenthal, curator of 20th-century art, coordinated the show for the National Gallery.

Sponsor: The exhibition and catalogue were supported by a grant from The Henry Luce Foundation, with additional funding from the T.J. Brown and C.A. Lupton Foundation, Fort Worth.

Attendance: 59,116

Catalog: Arshile Gorky: The Breakthrough Years, organized by Michael Auping with essays by Dore Ashton, Michael Auping, and Matthew Spender. Fort Worth: Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 1995.

Brochure: Arshile Gorky: The Breakthrough Years, by Isabelle Dervaux. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 1995.

Other Venues: Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, October 13–December 31, 1995
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, January 13–March 17, 1996

Gorky, Arshile
American, 1904 - 1948