From a High Place: A Life of Arshile Gorky

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Himself a sculptor as well as writer, Spender recounts the life of Armenian-born abstract painter Gorky (1904-48), who was at the center of the New York art scene from the 1920s to the 1940s. He describes the influence of his childhood and headstrong mother, his determination to be a painter, his protean personality, his growing reputation, and the stresses that led him to take his own life. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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"Only in America could an Armenian refugee who never set foot in France become the last great exponent of School of Paris painting and the first great exemplar of the postwar New York School of modernism. So this is an American story, and a classic immigrant's story, too -- one of dislocation and self-discovery, of the tension between inbred and acquired identities -- played out not in tenements or on Main Street but in the lofts and salons of the art world."--Robert Storr, "Washington Post Book World

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Matthew Spender was born in London in 1945 and moved to Italy with his wife in 1968. He is a sculptor and writer. His previous book, Within Tuscany, is a memoir about the Sienese countryside in which he lives.

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