LOS ANGELES–Renowned painter Maro Gorky–daughter of famed abstract-expressionist founder Arshile Gorky–will make her first US solo show debut in Los Angeles in early December. This exhibition of works–mostly vibrant landscapes dating from the late 1990s to the present–will be on display on December 2-3 at Christie’s Los Angeles–360 N. Camden Drive–Beverly Hills–CA.
Curated by Silva Bezdikian–SB Fine Art founder and owner–the show will include 31 pieces of Maros’ works and will be available to the public. The Gorky exhibition promises to be an inspiring cultural affair–drawing an eclectic crowd of collectors–academics–art-world cognoscenti
"Maro’s landscapes are a genuine synthesis of art and nature," says Bezdikian. "Their simplicity and purity penetrates deeply into the viewers senses as they travel subconsciously through the art historical pathway."
A LIFE OF ART
Gorky was born in New York in 1943–and her artistic inspiration dates from a very early age. She was profoundly influenced by her father–and by the works of early Renaissance masters Mantegna and Uccello–as well as 20th-Century icons Picasso–Mir and Klee. After her father’s tragic suicide in 1948–when Gorky was just five years old–her mother moved the family to Europe. Gorky’s education was undertaken in France–Spain–Italy–and England–culminating with the study of art at the prestigious Slade School of Fine Art at the University College London–where she graduated with a BA in Fine Arts in 1965.
Gorky married sculptor and writer Matthew Spender–son of famed English poet Sir Stephen Spender–in 1967–and soon moved to San Sano–Italy–an idyllic hillside town near Sienna. Their villa–whose vistas have inspired much of Gorky’s work–was captured beautifully in Bernardo Bertoluccis 1996 film Stealing Beauty. The creative couple still reside there today.
Gorky’s style–although somewhat inspired by Cubist space–particularly in her use of multiple optical perspectives and flat surfaces–remains perfectly simple. It has been said that she sees the world as she paints it. The non-essential is not purposely eliminated from Gorky’s work; it just is not there.
The upcoming exhibition offers a representative display of her vibrant–organic landscape works–such as Spring Olive–Winter Light–August Beach–Brave New World: Summer–and Brave New World: Spring. The event is free and open to the public.
Previous SB Fine Art shows have included painters Jean Jansem and John Altoon. Coming exhibitions will showcase photographer Aris IIiopulos–as well as sculptors Julie Speidel and Matthew Spender. Bezdikian serves as a consultant to private clients in a broad range of art collecting activities–providing access to both information and art. In addition–she promotes major exhibitions for leading international artists.
For more information about S.B. Fine Art and the Maro Gorky show–please contact Jenna Fogle at 323.966.4600 x104 or [email protected]
Collectors and the media will have the opportunity to meet Gorky in person during the official press preview of the exhibition on December 1 at Christie’s.