Early Gorky Works Break New Ground

Los Angeles Exhibit Extended Through Feb. 2005

LOS ANGELES–Arshile Gorky–widely regarded as one of the most pivotal and significant artists in the development of 20th century American art–became a lightning rod for other artists in the late 1920s and early 30s–sparking the genesis of what was to become the "New York School" and setting the course of modern art in America.

Now–in a ground-breaking exhibition "Arshile Gorky–The Early Years," Jack Rutberg Fine Arts in Los Angeles is showing 66 rare works by Gorky from a private collection–most of which have never been exhibited before. This exhibition–one of the largest exhibits of Gorky’s works ever presented outside of a museum–breaks new ground in addressing Gorky’s earliest stylistic development.

"Arshile Gorky–The Early Years" offers new references and insights into this legendary artist during his seminal period as he explored the avant garde sensibilities of the time. As Melvin P. Lader (widely regarded as the eminent scholar on the work of Arshile Gorky and author of numerous books on Gorky and abstract expressionism) notes in this exhibition catalogue’s text: "As a group–the drawings and paintings mirror Gorky’s stylistic evolution–up to the point in the late 1930s when he began to truly digest and synthesize so many of his early influences on the verge of finding his own unique language and style. Examples of his absorption of Analytic Cubism–Synthetic Cubism–and aspects of Surrealism are plentiful among these works?and they offer us the rare opportunity to view a good number?from a very fertile period of his artistic career."

The exhibition has been made possible due to the long-standing friendship between Gorky and the Swiss-born American artist Hans Burkhardt–who shared a studio with Gorky in New York for many years–and acquired a formidable collection of Gorky’s early works.

Lader notes that the "Burkhardt collection Gorky drawings provides a rather unique opportunity to see the artist’s art and ideas evolve within an important period of his artistic transformation. Drawings–by their very nature–register the artist’s first impulses in creating a work. As such–they can often be of enormous value in understanding how an artist thinks and in tracing the various stages through which his art has progressed."

"Arshile Gorky: The Early Years" is currently exhibited at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts gallery–357 North La Brea Avenue–Los Angeles–through February–2005.

The exhibition is accompanied by a 96-page text with 103 color illustrations–and an essay by Dr. Lader–who co-curated the recent major retrospective of Gorky drawings at the Whitney Museum of Art in New York–and the Menil Collection in Houston.

Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Saturdays from 10:00 to 5:00 pm or by appointment.

A portfolio sampling of Arshile Gorky’s exhibition may be viewed at the gallery’s web site: www.jackrutbergfinearts.com/JRutbergFile/JRutbergArtists/AGorky.html

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