Rethinking Arshile Gorky Paperback / softback
Often referred to as the last Surrealist and first Abstract Expressionist, Arshile Gorky (c. 1900-1948) appears as an interstice within art history's linear progression.
Gorky embraced dream imagery in the tradition of the Surrealists, used all-over patterning before Jackson Pollock, promoted disembodied color before Mark Rothko, exploited the physicality of paint before Willem de Kooning, and anticipated stain painting.
His life-he escaped the Armenian Genocide of 1915 and struggled as an immigrant artist in New York in the 1930s and 1940s-and his tumultuous personal relationships have cast the artist as a tragic figure and often overshadowed the genius of his art.
Rethinking Arshile Gorky is an examination of the artist and his work based on themes of displacement, self-fashioning, trauma, and memory.
By applying a multitude of techniques, including psychoanalytic, semiotic, and constructivist analyses, to explain and demythologize the artist, Kim Theriault offers a contemporary critique of both the way we construct the idea of the "artist" in modern society and the manner in which Arshile Gorky and his art have historically been addressed.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 288 pages, 24 Halftones, color; 80 Halftones, black and white
- Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press
- Publication Date: 03/11/2009
- Category: Art & design styles: Abstract Expressionism
- ISBN: 9780271036465
- Hardback from £69.65