Loose, surrealist painting by Arshile Gorky.

365 Days of Art: March 6 – Gallery Forgets to Mail Invites So Almost No One Attends Gorky’s Opening

Arshile Gorky, How My Mother’s Embroidered Apron Enfolds in My Life, 1944

March 6, 1945

The exhibition Arshile Gorky opens at the Julien Levy Gallery, featuring paintings created during the previous year, including How My Mother’s Embroidered Apron Unfolds in My Life. André Breton, who helped Gorky title the paintings, writes a glowing foreword for the catalogue.

Here’s the kicker: because Levy had forgotten to mail out the announcements on time, almost no one attends the opening! This kind of thing is every artist’s nightmare. And, trouble always finds Arshile Gorky: remember the flight from genocide in his home country, the studio fire, the colostomy, and the plane crash.

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