Arshile Gorky  Goats on the Roof, A Life in Letters and Documents

Edited and with an introduction by Matthew Spender
Ridinghouse 2009
£24  |  $39.95

21.3 × 14.4 cm  |  8 3/8 × 5 3/4 in
512 pp, 32 b&w ill
ISBN: 978 1 905464 25 8

Widely acknowledged today as a seminal figure in the development of Abstract Expressionism, this volume brings together personal letters that show Arshile Gorky’s struggle for recognition and devotion to his family.

An intimate portrait of the artist, Gorky's gradual reception by the art world is seen obliquely through interviews and personal accounts – many of which are previously unpublished.


Accompanying the letters and key illustrations, an introduction by Gorky biographer Matthew Spender focuses on the artist's postwar influence and continued relevance.

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