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His Own Private Armenia

Anne Hollander: Arshile Gorky, 1 April 2004

Arshile Gorky: His Life and Work 
by Hayden Herrera.
Bloomsbury, 767 pp., £35, October 2003, 9780747566472
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Arshile Gorky: A Retrospective of Drawings 
edited by Janie Lee and Melvin Lader.
Abrams, 272 pp., £30, December 2003, 0 87427 135 5
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... seen the monumental stone crosses decorated with carved reliefs that stood at local crossroads. Herrera finds traces of shapes from these sources appearing and reappearing in his most original abstract works, confirming the early birth of his visual hunger and transformative eye. From Watertown, Gorky haunted Boston, devouring and copying the treasures in ...

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