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    Arshile Gorky Exhibit at London's Tate Museum Next Month
    14:33 - 30.01.10

    >From February 10 to May 3, 2010, there will be a retrospective exhibit
    on the life and work of well-known and revered Armenian-American
    artist Arshile Gorky (c.1904-1948) at London's Tate Museum, organized
    with the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art
    in Los Angeles.

    According to an official press release from the museum: `Along with
    Rothko, Pollock and de Kooning, Gorky was one of the most powerful
    American painters of the twentieth century, and a seminal figure in
    the formation of Abstract Expressionism. The exhibition includes
    paintings and drawings from across his career, and a handful of rarely
    seen sculptures.'

    Gorky was born Vostanig Manuk Adoian in an Armenian village in eastern
    Turkey. As reported by Times Online, on arriving in New York in the
    early 1920s, Gorky let it be understood that he was Russian, a cousin
    of the writer Maxim Gorky, and that he had studied under Kandinsky in

    He never discussed the fact that he was present during the siege of
    Van in the early stages of the Armenian Genocide of 1915. After Gorky
    and his sister Vartush made their way to America, Gorky set about
    turning himself into an artist, educating himself piecemeal at various
    institutions in New York and Boston while taking menial jobs. He used
    the pseudonym Arshile Gorky for the first time in 1924.