365 Days of Art: September 15 – Gorky Marries; David Struck by Hammer

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

September 15, 1941

Driving back home to New York from an exhibition in San Francisco, Arshile Gorky and Mougouch (Agnes Magruder) are married in Nevada.

Marble statue of David with his slingshot.
David by Michelangelo, in the Accademia Gallery

September 15, 1991

A 47-year old art vandal attacks Michelangelo’s David with a hammer. While declaring that a 16th-century painter’s model has given him orders to do so, he breaks off one of David’s toes. Visitors at the Galleria dell’Accademia museum subdue the man until police arrive, and the museum director says that all the toe fragments have been collected for restoration.