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Jul 1, 2015. - Oct 18, 2015.

Collection Conversations

Arshile Gorky: Between Worlds

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ABOVE LEFT: Arshile Gorky, The Artist and His Mother, oil on canvas, ca. 1926. National Gallery of Art.

ABOVE RIGHT: Gustav Klimt, Baby (Cradle), oil on canvas, ca. 1917-18. National Gallery of Art. Click to enlarge.

Collection Conversations

Our exhibition series with the National Gallery of Art began last year with Fractured Lens, which featured the work of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. The second, Harmonious Color featured the work of Henri Matisse. After this exhibition, next up will be the works of Georgia O'Keeffe, coming in October.

Welcome to the third of a series of exhibitions pairing works from the Chrysler Collection with masterpieces from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. It features a collection of works by Arshile Gorky and includes a bonus loan of a Gustav Klimt work.

Arshile Gorky: Between Worlds
Arshile Gorky ranks among the most inventive and eclectic of American modernist painters. Beginning his career in the 1920s as a figurative artist, he ultimately devised a complex biomorphic surrealist style that placed him by the early 1940s in the vanguard of Abstract Expressionism.

This Collection Conversations exhibit brings together paintings from both the Chrysler and National Gallery of Art to trace the creative arc of this singular modernist genius.

Gustav Klimt: Baby (Cradle)
Gustav Klimt stood at the creative pinnacle of the Austrian Art Nouveau. His densely worked, jewel-like portraits and complex allegorical canvases captured the mystery and heightened sensuality of late 19th-century Viennese society. Among his most unusual works, Baby depicts an infant lying in a cradle, his tiny head just visible beneath billowing layers of brightly-hued coverlets.

The Chrysler is indeed grateful to the National Gallery of Art for this extraordinarily generous loan from its collection.

This Gorky exhibition is in the McKinnon Galleries of Modern and Contemporary Art. The Klimt is on view in Gallery 220, our Art Nouveau gallery.

The paintings will be on view through Oct. 18.