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Research material relating to Arshile Gorky, 1957-1999

Spender, Matthew

Author, Sculptor


Collection Information

Size: 0.6 Linear feet, (on partial microfilm reel)

Summary: Writings, interview transcripts, and photographs of works of art regarding Arshile Gorky.
REELS 2380-2381: 489 photographs of drawings by Gorky cataloged by signature, date, size, medium, title, inscriptions and other information.
REEL 4982: Reminiscence of Gorky by his friend, Gaston T. de Havenon (7 p.); exhibition catalog, 1957 [in Italian]; a list of Gorky library and photo reproductions in Spender's collection.
Unmicrofilmed: Photocopies of oral history transcripts and other archival material, much of it from the holdings of the Archives of American Art; and photocopies of several lists compiled by Spender of books known to have been owned by Gorky. This material was used by Spender in writing the biography, "From a High Place: A Life of Arshile Gorky" (1999).

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter; New York, N.Y. Born in Khorkom Vari Haiyotz Dzor, Armenia. Emigrated to the United States in 1920.Matthew Spender is the son-in-law of painter Arshile Gorky. He is co-author of the exhibition catalog Arshile Gorky: the Breakthrough Years (1995) and other work on Gorky.


Photographs on reels 2380-2381 donated in 1981 by Matthew Spender, son-in-law of Gorky. The drawings depicted in the photographs formed part of the Arshile Gorky Estate. Additional photocopies on reel 4982 were donated in 1992 by Spender. Spender copied the items from his father's papers. Photocopies discarded after microfilming. Additional material donated 1999.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Original drawings in the possession of Matthew Spender.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 4982 (fr. 1390-1410), 2380-2381 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

All photocopies or reproductions.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Restrictions on Use

Microfilm reels 2380-2381: Authorization to publish or reproduce requires written permission from Matthew Spender. Contact Reference Services for more information.

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How to Cite This Collection

Research material relating to Arshile Gorky, 1957-1999. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.