2011. Great Britain. Cosima Spender. 79 min.
Followed by a discussion with Cosima Spender
Monday, February 20, 2012, 4:00 p.m.
Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building
2011. Great Britain. Directed by Cosima Spender. By the time of his suicide, in July 1948, the groundbreaking Abstract Expressionist painter Arshile Gorky was plagued by ill fortune: he was undergoing treatment for cancer, a car accident had left his painting arm paralyzed, and his marriage was coming to an end. Spender, the artist’s granddaughter, investigates the tragedy at the heart of her own family through interviews with her grandmother, her mother, and an aunt. As the family’s pain and anger are revealed, so is a portrait of the secretive Gorky, who struggled with his art and his identity as an Armenian émigré. 79 min.
In the Film exhibition Documentary Fortnight 2012: MoMA's International Festival of Nonfiction Film and Media
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