Virginia Summer 1946
Text by David Anfam
12 1/4 x 9 7/16 inches (31.1 x 24 cm); 48 pages; fully illustrated
Designed by Simon Johnston Design; Printed by Shapco Printing, Minneapolis, MN
Weight 1 lb. 11oz.
Published to accompany the recent Gagosian Gallery exhibition in London, this catalogue highlights fourteen drawings made by Arshile Gorky in 1946 during time spent at Crooked Run Farm, the summer home of his parents-in-law nestled in the gently rolling hills of Virginia. In a five month period from June to October, Gorky produced hundreds of drawings. His wife Mougouch reported Gorky saying that in Virginia "nature entered his head and closed his ears." These exuberant compositions record botanical and biological things, which are transformed into near-abstract renderings of a powerful life force.