PRINT May 1975

A Tough Nut To Crack

IN MY OPINION, THE PLAYERS of sophisticated games, like chess or bridge, view the limiting rules of the game as a challenge to their virtuosity, while the modern artist and the poet challenge us by presenting language games whose rules we do not as yet know. As the knowledge of having played skillfully compensates for abiding by the rules, so the structure of a new enigma is a challenge to the artist and the cracking of its code is, for the viewer, a liberation from problems of beauty.


High-frequency shocks of Surrealism enabled Arshile Gorky, in the early ’40s, to rid himself of his stylistic subservience to Picasso and substitute an inward imagery for a formalized interpretation of reality. Born in Haigotz Dzor of Turkish Armenia, Vosdanig Adoian revealed his romantic disposition by changing his name to Arshile Gorky. For the oppressed Christian minorities

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