Arshile Gorky, Still Life with Table and Pitcher, pencil on cream wove paper, circa 1930s. Estimate: $4,000 to 6,000.
Arshile Gorky: A Retrospective, the recent show at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, opens in Los Angeles at the Museum of Contemporary Art on June 6th. A concurrent exhibition, Burial of Gorky, focuses on the relationship between Gorky and his friend and mentor, Hans Burkhardt, who, when he left New York for Los Angeles in the late 1930s, brought with him the largest collection of Gorky's work outside of the artist's own collection. Burkhardt was also influential in helping Gorky gain acceptance by numerous West Coast curators and collectors.
The three Gorky pencil drawings in the June 8th American & Contemporary Art sale are all inscribed "By Gorky for Hans Burkhardt," and were gifts from Burkhardt to the current owner.