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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1976.78
People
Arshile Gorky, American ( Vosdanig Adoian in Khorkom (present-day Dilkaya), Van Province, Ottoman Empire (present-day Turkey) 1904 - 1948 Sherman, CT)
Title
Study for "The Calendars"
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing
Date
1946
Culture
American
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/299933
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Charcoal and colored chalks on a ground of rubbed charcoal heavily modeled by erasures, on off-white wove paper, mounted on Kraft paper and wrapped around a strainer
Dimensions
86.7 x 104.8 cm (34 1/8 x 41 1/4 in.)
framed: 97.2 x 115.9 x 3.2 cm (38 1/4 x 45 5/8 x 1 1/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • gallery label: removed from reverse, now in curatorial file, paper, typed: Gorky: The Calendars--1946, No. 5044
Provenance
Arshile Gorky Estate. [Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, New York], sold; to Lois Orswell, Pomfret Center, Connecticut, 1956, gift; to Harvard University Art Museums, 1976.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Lois Orswell
Copyright
© 2020 The Arshile Gorky Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Accession Year
1976
Object Number
1976.78
Division
Modern and Contemporary Art
Contact
am_moderncontemporary@harvard.edu
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Publication History

Julien Levy, Arshile Gorky, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1966), reproduced, plate 141

Harry Z. Rand, "Arshile Gorky's Iconography" (Ph.D. diss., Harvard University, 1974), Unpublished, pp. 93-111, reproduced fig. 49; details reproduced figs. 50 - 53

Eila Kokkinen, Drawings by Five Abstract Expressionist Painters, exh. cat., Hayden Gallery (Cambridge, MA, 1975), cat. 16, pp. 6-7, ill. p. 28

Harry Z. Rand, "The Calendars of Arshile Gorky", Arts Magazine (March 1976), vol. L, no. 7, pp. 70-80, reproduced p. 72, details reproduced pp. 73, 74

E. A. Carmean, Jr. and Eliza E. Rathbone, American Art at Mid-Century: The Subjects of the Artist, exh. cat., National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C, 1978), p. 70; reproduced fig. 16, p. 71

Vojtech Jirat-Wasiutynski and Thea Jirat-Wasiutynski, "The Uses of Charcoal in Drawing", Arts Magazine (October 1980), vol. 55, no. 2, pp. 128-135, p. 134

Melvin P. Lader, Arshile Gorky, Abbeville Press (New York, NY, 1985), p. 98, fig. 98

Caroline A. Jones, Modern Art at Harvard: The Formation of the Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Collections of the Harvard University Art Museums (New York, NY and Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Art Museums and Abbeville Press, 1985). With an essay by John Coolidge and a preface by John M. Rosenfield. To accompany the inaugural exhibition at the Sackler Museum, Oct 21 1985 - Jan 5 1986, pp. 96 and 118, fig. 87, reproduced

Kristin A. Mortimer and William G. Klingelhofer, Harvard University Art Museums: A Guide to the Collections, Harvard University Art Museums and Abbeville Press (Cambridge and New York, 1986), no. 307, p. 263, repr.

Larry Silver, Art in History, Prentice-Hall (Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1993), reproduced in b/w p. 432, fig. 10.3

James Cuno, Alvin L. Clark, Jr., Ivan Gaskell, and William W. Robinson, Harvard's Art Museums: 100 Years of Collecting, ed. James Cuno, Harvard University Art Museums and Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (Cambridge, MA, 1996), p. 240, ill. p. 241

Masterpieces of world art : Fogg Art Museum, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Busch-Reisinger Museum, 1997

Modern Art at Harvard, exh. cat., Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Inc. (Tokyo, Japan, 1999), cat. no. 56, repr. (color)

Marjorie B. Cohn and Sarah Kianovsky, Lois Orswell, David Smith, and Modern Art, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2002), cat. no. 57, fig. 29 (color), pp. 65, 371, 376

Harry Cooper, Jody Patterson, and Robert Storr, Arshile Gorky: A Retrospective, exh. cat., ed. Dr. Michael R. Taylor, Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, 2009), no. 169, repr.

Exhibition History

Drawings by Five Abstract Expressionist Painters, Hayden Gallery, Cambridge, 02/21/1975 - 03/26/1975

New York School: From the First Generation, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 12/10/1975 - 01/06/1976

Modern Art at Harvard, Bunkamura Museum of Art, Tokyo, 07/31/1999 - 09/26/1999; Takamatsu City Museum of Art, Kagawa, 10/09/1999 - 11/14/1999; Matsuzakaya Art Museum, Nagoya, 12/02/1999 - 12/27/1999; Oita City Museum, Oita, 01/06/2000 - 02/06/2000; Museum of Modern Art, Ibaraki, Ibaraki, 02/11/2000 - 03/26/2000

Lois Orswell, David Smith, and Modern Art, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/21/2002 - 02/16/2003

Arshile Gorky: A Retrospective, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, 10/15/2009 - 01/10/2010

This record has been reviewed by the curatorial staff but may be incomplete. Our records are frequently revised and enhanced. For more information please contact the Division of Modern and Contemporary Art at am_moderncontemporary@harvard.edu