If you favor Arshile Gorky, you will love the new Mkrtchyan Art Gallery in Glendale.
As an Armenian American, Gorky (1902-1948) was a central figure in the development of 20th century art, blending imagery from his youth in Armenia with innovative artistic techniques. The Mkrtchyan exhibition represents artists who capture a similar emotional and subjective content, and collectively cross boundaries between impressionism, cubism, surrealism and naïve art, which were seminal in Gorky’s early work.
Eduard Artsrunyan’s oil painting on canvas titled “Churn” (1993) is a coalescence of Gorky’s figurative works in the 1920s and ’30s. A female figure leans against a wooden pole, resting her hand momentarily on her implement of labor. She is barefoot in an orange peasant dress with apron, and white cap over her dark hair.