Sunday, November 8, 2009

Arshile Gorky: "A Short Life, but Long Enough to be a Hinge that History Turned on"

The quality of one's life cannot properly be measured merely in years but rather in the fullness and depth of a person's artistic, creative and/or humanitarian achievement. Arshile Gorky suffered for his art, turned his suffering into art and then, while in his mid-40s (his exact year of birth is not known), decided to permanently end his suffering. Gorky is not remembered for how he died but for what he created while he lived and for the tremendous influence that he exerted over contemporary and future artists.

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