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Storyville: Who Is Gorky? An Abstract Life

Storyville: Who Is Gorky? An Abstract Life

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Cosima Spender explores how the 1948 suicide of her grandfather, abstract expressionist painter Arshile Gorky, affected his family for years afterward. She investigates the events that drove him to take his life, and talks to his widow about the impact his death had on her and the two daughters he left behind. She also learns about the creative impulses that fuelled his art, and pays an emotional visit to his birthplace in Armenia.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Cosima Spender
Director Cosima Spender
Series Editor Nick Fraser


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