365 Days of Art: June 9 – Gorky’s Newark Airport Murals Unveiled; Said to Look Like Atlantic City Hangover!

An abstract painting with light shapes against dark, hard-edged background shapes.
Arshile Gorky, Mechanics of Flying

June 9, 1937

Arshile Gorky’s murals for the Newark Airport murals are unveiled. A reporter at the opening reception collects bystanders’ reactions, and prints them in the Newark Ledger the next day. My favorite is that the artwork looks “like a hangover after an Atlantic City convention!”

Poor Gorky. You know my heart goes out to the guy. Nothing ever seems to go his way.