Arshile Gorky

Arshile Gorky

Arshile Gorky (1904-1948), “To my Mougouch (dedicated to Agnes Magruder),” 1946, Graphite and crayon on paper, 8 ½ x 10 7/8 inches. Courtesy Private Collection, New York

Arshile Gorky

Installation view of "Arshile Gorky and a selection of contemporary drawings"

Arshile Gorky

Installation view of "Arshile Gorky and a selection of contemporary drawings"

Arshile Gorky

Installation view of "Arshile Gorky and a selection of contemporary drawings"

suggestion, that is the dream:
Arshile Gorky and a selection of contemporary drawings

June 6-29, 2014

Opening reception: Fri, June 6, 7-10pm

This exhibition is presented in collaboration with Outlet Fine Art

Outlet Fine Art
253 Wilson Avenue, Brooklyn

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Participating artists: Arshile Gorky with Gregory Amenoff, William Anastasi, Judy Dolnick, Hermine Ford, Margrit Lewczuk, Michael Prodanou, Joan Snyder, Joan Witek and Liz Ainsile, Todd Bienvenu, Andrea Burgay, Joshua Cave, Paul D’Agostino, Thomas Micchelli, Lucy Mink, Ryan Michael Ford, EJ Hauser, Steve Harding, Susanna Heller, Daniel Herr, Christine Hiebert, Andrew Hurst, Leslie Kerby, Francesco Longenecker, Brooke Moyse, Mike Olin, Cathy Nan Quinlan, Sarah Schmerler, Natalie Simon, Andrew Szobody, Colin Thomson, Jessica Weiss.

Related Press:

Dialogue between Art and Life: suggestion, that is the dream, by Etty Yaniv, Arts in Bushwick, June 20

Gorky: #1 Thing to see in Bushwick This Weekend, by Katarina Hybenova, Bushwick Daily, June 5

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Bushwick, Brooklyn — Norte Maar in collaboration with Outlet Fine Art (253 Wilson Avenue, Brooklyn) is pleased to present “suggestion, that is the dream: Arshile Gorky and a selection of contemporary drawings,” June 6-29, 2014.

This special loan exhibition, held at Outlet Fine Art, features a rare drawing by Arshile Gorky from 1946 and positions the work as a source of discussion along side the work of over thirty contemporary artists including Gregory Amenoff, William Anastasi, Judy Dolnick, Hermine Ford, Margrit Lewczuk, Michael Prodanou,  Joan Snyder, and Joan Witek.

“To name an object is to suppress three-quarters of the enjoyment,” wrote the poet Mallarmé, “…suggestion, that is the dream.” Mallarmé’s statement, although originally conceived as literary concept, was quickly adopted by a younger generation of artists and musicians who were similarly rejecting the conventions of Naturalism. Mallarmé’s concept inspired a new way of seeing and interpreting art and launched the Symbolism movement in the late 19th Century.

The Symbolists argued that truth could be found in either a spiritual or mystical realm, and that this truth was the result of personal experience, rather than observation of the physical world. Painters like Gustave Moreau, Odilon Redon, and Edvard Munch became distinguished leaders of this period, and they believed that art could reflect an emotion or idea rather than represent the natural world in the objective, quasi-scientific manner embodied by Realism and Impressionism.

Arshile Gorky (1904-1948) is one of the stand-alone heroes of American art. Championed as “the last link in a chain of modern painters who have compelled our vision since the late 19th Century,” Gorky’s flight was not so unlike that of the Symbolists. His art, however abstracted, was a powerful reflection of his life. Through a uniquely developed and intensely personal iconography, Gorky ushered in a new realm of “suggestion” by articulating very personal, anguished, and tormented internal nightmares into abstract drawings and paintings that have and continue to inspire the flight of the avant-garde artist.

Over thirty contemporary artists have been selected for inclusion in this exhibition with a purpose to expand upon the history marked by one of the great leaders in Post-War American art. Each of these artists has a strong and distinct personal iconography whether it is a narrative hidden in line and shape, an expression entangled in an unyielding gesture, or an emotion visualized by color alone. It is all part of the great and ongoing mystery that surrounds so many gifted artists, like Arshile Gorky.

The exhibition includes work by Arshile Gorky with Gregory Amenoff, William Anastasi, Judy Dolnick, Hermine Ford, Margrit Lewczuk, Michael Prodanou, Joan Snyder, Joan Witek, Liz Ainsile, Todd Bienvenu, Andrea Burgay, Joshua Cave, Paul D’Agostino, Thomas Micchelli, Lucy Mink, Ryan Michael Ford, EJ Hauser, Steve Harding, Susanna Heller, Daniel Herr, Christine Hiebert, Andrew Hurst, Leslie Kerby, Francesco Longenecker, Brooke Moyse, Mike Olin, Cathy Nan Quinlan, Sarah Schmerler, Natalie Simon, Andrew Szobody, Colin Thomson, Jessica Weiss.

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