Arshile Gorky. Beyond The Limit at Hauser & Wirth New York




Image credit: Arshile Gorky, Untitled (Virginia Summer) c. 1946 – 1947
Oil on canvas 128.5 x 159.5 cm / 50 5/8 x 62 3/4 in Photo: Jon Etter; © The Arshile Gorky Foundation / Artists Rights Society Courtesy the Arshile Gorky Foundation and Hauser & Wirth

On 16 November, Hauser & Wirth New York will present a newly discovered, never before exhibited, painting by Arshile Gorky. ‘Untitled (Virginia Summer)’ was uncovered in 2020 during conservation and research for Gorky’s catalogue raisonné. It was discovered directly beneath ‘The Limit,’ attached to the same, original stretcher that Gorky used when the painting first left his studio in 1947. Hidden for over 70 years, ‘Untitled (Virginia Summer)’ is as rich and as vibrant as when it was first created. ‘Beyond The Limit’ will present both paintings to the public together for the first time, along with works on paper directly related to the recently discovered composition, and a new book from Hauser & Wirth Publishers featuring illuminating essays by Parker Field, Managing Director of the Arshile Gorky Foundation, and Pepe Karmel, Associate Professor of Art History at New York University. The exhibition, and accompanying publication, provide fresh insight into the development of Gorky’s practice during the last years of his life, when his abstract imagery and style reached a confident maturity.

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