Arshile Gorky, Goats on the Roof: A Life in Letters and Documents
Ridinghouse 2009 • £24 | $39.95 • Softback • 512 pp • 21.3 x 14.4 cm | 8.4 x 5.7 in • 32 b&w illustrations • ISBN 978 1 905464 25 8
Goats on the Roof tells the story of Arshile Gorky's life through his personal letters, the correspondence between friends and family and key contemporary reviews. An intimate portrait of the artist, this group of letters and documents shows Gorky's struggle for recognition, his devotion to his family and his connection to his Armenian heritage. Gorky's gradual reception by the art world is seen obliquely through interviews and personal accounts. Only after his death has he come to be acknowledged as a seminal figure in the development of Abstract Expressionism. This volume includes many previously unpublished texts by and about Gorky compiled and introduced by Matthew Spender, author of the biography From a High Place: A Life of Arshile Gorky.