365 Days of Art: December 27 – NYC Mayor Doesn’t Understand Gorky’s Work

December 27, 2014

Arshile Gorky, Man's Conquest of the Air, 1939 World's Fair mural, now destroyed

Arshile Gorky, Man’s Conquest of the Air, 1939 World’s Fair mural, now destroyed

December 27, 1935

At the opening for a group exhibition that features one of Gorky’s sketches, for his airport mural, New York City Mayor Fiorella La Guardia meets Gorky, views his work, and tells a reporter:

I am conservative in my art, as I am a progressive in my politics. That’s why I perhaps cannot understand it.”

Poor Gorky!

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