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    Sale 2048

    Post-War & Contemporary Evening Sale

    12 November 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 47

    Arshile Gorky (1904-1948)

    Untitled (Study for Mural)

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    Arshile Gorky (1904-1948)
    Untitled (Study for Mural)
    ink on paper
    9½ x 29 in. (24.1 x 73.7 cm.)
    Executed circa 1933-1934.

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    The Estate of Arshile Gorky, New York
    Gagosian Gallery, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

    Pre-Lot Text

    Master Drawings of American Post-War Art: A Private Collection


    New York, Museum of Modern Art, Drawings by Arshile Gorky, December 1962-February 1963, no. 8 (illustrated).
    New York, Knoedler & Co., Inc., Gorky Drawings, 1969, no. 20, p. 23 (illustrated).
    Newark Museum; University of Rochester, Memorial Art Gallery and Washington, D.C., Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Murals without Walls: Arshile Gorky's Aviation Murals Rediscovered, November 1978-March 1979, no. 8, p. 21 (illustrated).
    New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Dallas, Museum of Fine Arts and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Arshile Gorky 1904-1948: A Retrospective, 1981, no. 50 (illustrated).
    Lausanne, Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts; Vienna, Graphische Sammlung Albertina; Marseille, Musée Cantini; St. Etienne, Musee d'art Moderne; Frankfurter Kunstverein and Bremen, Kunsthalle, Arshile Gorky: Oeuvres sur papier, 1929-1947, 1990, p. 60, no. 15 (illustrated).
    Venice, Peggy Guggenheim Collection; Lisbon Fundacion Calouste Gulbenkian, Arshile Gorky: Works on Paper, 1992, p. 53, no. 8 (illustrated).
    Princeton University, The Art Museum; Milwaukee Art Museum; Baltimore Museum of Art and New York, Stephen Mazoh & Co., Arshile Gorky and the Genesis of Abstraction: Drawings from the Early 1930's, October 1994-January 1996, p. 79, no. 30 (illustrated; also illustrated on the cover).
    New York, Gagosian Gallery, Arshile Gorky: Paintings and Drawings, 1929-1942, October 1998-January 1999, p. 65, no. 14 (illustrated).
    New York, Whitney Museum of American Art and Houston, Menil Collection, Arshile Gorky: A Drawing Retrospective, November 2003-May 2004 (illustrated in color).