ASBAREZ Online [10-22-2004]


1) Armenian President Arrives in Georgia
2) Vatican, Chief Rabbinate Slam Assault on Armenian Patriarch
3) Republican House Members Praised for Powerful Support on Key Initiatives
4) Russia Reopens South Caucasus Border
5) First Convention of European Armenians Huge Success
6) New Homenetmen Regional Executive Committee
7) Congressman Schiff Accepting Applications for House Page Program
8) Bike-A-Thon Energizes Armenian Countryside
9) Maro Gorky Exhibition to Premiere in Los Angeles

1) Armenian President Arrives in Georgia

TBILISI (Civil Georgia/Interfax)–President Robert Kocharian arrived in
for an official three-day visit on Friday, and immediately met with his
Georgian counterpart Mikhail Saakashvili near the Sadakhlo checkpoint on the
border of the two countries for preliminary talks.
“We have discussed bilateral economic ties, cooperation in transport
well as cooperation between the law enforcement agencies,” Kocharian said.
The two Presidents have also discussed the issue of restoration of the
connection in Georgia’s breakaway Abkhazia, which will enable landlocked
Armenia to restore its railway link with its strategic partner Russia.
“Restoration of the railway will be favorable not only for us, but for
as well. But it is Georgia’s prerogative to deal with this issue,” Kocharian
Late Friday, the presidents traveled to Tbilisi, where they will hold more
in-depth closed-door talks.
During his visit, President Kocharian will also meet with Georgian Parliament
Speaker Nino Burjanadze, Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania, and Catholicos of All
Georgia Ilya II.
Kocharian is also expected to meet with representatives of the Armenian
community in Tbilisi.
The latest census conducted in 2002 suggests that Georgia has a population of
4.371 million, of which 250,000 are Armenians.

2) Vatican, Chief Rabbinate Slam Assault on Armenian Patriarch

VATICAN (Haaretz)–The Holy See and the Chief Rabbinate of Israel this week
issued a joint condemnation of an assault on the Armenian Patriarch of
Jerusalem, when he was spat at by a yeshiva student in the Old City.
In a joint statement released in Rome, the Vatican and the Chief Rabbinate
called on religious authorities to publicly protest actions of disrespect
toward religious persons, symbols and holy sites.
The statement gave as an example “the desecration of cemeteries and the
assault on the Armenian archbishop.”
The statement also calls on all the relevant authorities to respect the
“sacred character of Jerusalem and to prevent overt and immodest actions which
offend the sensibilities of religious communities that reside in Jerusalem and
hold her dear.”
The joint declaration came at the conclusion of a three-day meeting of
Catholic and Jewish officials in Grottaferrata, south of Rome, constituting
fourth dialogue session since June 2002 between the Holy See and the Chief
The discussions this time were focused on Judeo-Christian beliefs regarding
social justice and ethical behavior. Previous sessions have concentrated on
dignity of man, the value of human life and the family, and the importance of
scripture for contemporary society.

3) Republican House Members Praised for Powerful Support on Key Initiatives

ANCA cites role of Rep. Knollenberg, Radanovich and others in advancing
Armenian issues on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON, DC–The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) cited key
House Republicans for their leadership on a wide range of issues of concern to
the Armenian American community, including support for Armenian genocide
reaffirmation, strengthening US-Armenia economic relations, and ensuring
in US military assistance to Armenia and Azerbaijan.
“We appreciate the leadership and value the support of the many Congressional
Republicans who have consistently taken a principled stand on fundamental
issues of concern to the Armenian American community,” stated ANCA Chairman
Hachikian. “In the coming 109th Congress, we look forward to working with
friends and with all Members committed to expanding US-Armenia relations,
continuing US assistance, ensuring proper US recognition of the Armenian
Genocide, and securing a lasting and equitable resolution to the Karabagh
Republican House Members including Congressional Armenian Caucus Co-Chairman
Joe Knollenberg (R-MI), Genocide Resolution lead sponsor George Radanovich
(R-CA), Michigan Freshman Congressman Thaddeus McCotter, Indiana Republican
Mark Souder (R-IN) and California Freshman Devin Nunes have been awarded an
“A+” rating by the ANCA, based on a series of over 25 grading criteria,
from support on key legislation to the cosigning of over a dozen Congressional
letters. A complete listing of Congressional grades will be posted on the ANCA
website–<; the upcoming days. The
achievements of each of the “A+” Republican House Members are cited below.

Rep. Joe Knollenberg (R-MI): Congressional Armenian Caucus Co-Chair since
2001, Rep. Knollenberg has consistently received an “A+” grade from the
senior member of the House Foreign Operations Subcommittee, the Michigan
legislator has continuously supported high levels of US assistance to Armenia
and Karabagh, and fought to maintain military aid parity between Armenia and
Azerbaijan. In remarks delivered at the 10th annual ANCA Armenian Genocide
Observance on Capitol Hill in April of 2004, Rep. Knollenberg spoke about
Administration efforts to reduce assistance to Armenia. “There is no reason in
the world why Armenia has to get stiff-armed, has to get stuck at a lower
number. We will continue to scrap and claw and fight our way [in Congress] to
make sure Armenia does get what it deserves,” explained Knollenberg.
During this Congressional term, Rep. Knollenberg was the lead sponsor of
legislation to permanently normalize US-Armenia trade relations (H.R.528). The
legislation, which currently has 113 cosponsors, was adopted as part of a
larger trade measure in the House and awaits final Senate approval. Rep.
Knollenberg is also an original cosponsor of the genocide resolution,

George Radanovich (R-CA): Throughout his years in the House, Rep. Radanovich
has played a leadership role in genocide reaffirmation efforts, first
leading a
successful effort in 1996 to cut $3 million in US assistance to Turkey, a
symbolic amount representing the amount allocated by the Government of Turkey
for genocide denial lobbying activities in the US. During the current 108th
Congress, Rep. Radanovich was joined by Congressional Armenian Caucus
Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Joe Knollenberg, and California Democrat Adam Schiff
(D-CA) in advancing the Genocide Resolution (H.Res.193). The legislation,
marks the 15th anniversary of the US implementation of the Genocide
was unanimously adopted by the House Judiciary Committee in May, 2003, and
currently has 111 cosponsors.

Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI): A freshman Congressman from Michigan, Rep. McCotter
has consistently supported Congressional letters and legislation dealing with
Armenian Genocide reaffirmation. In October 2003, he questioned a pro-Turkish
panel of witnesses testifying before the House International Relations
Subcommittee on Europe about Turkey’s ongoing obstruction of Armenia-Turkey
relations. Rep. McCotter, who was among the first to join the Congressional
Armenian Caucus on taking office in January of 2003, has also been
outspoken in
his support for US aid to Armenia and Karabagh.

Mark Souder (R-IN): With an “A+” grade in the last two Congressional terms,
Rep. Souder has been among the most consistent supporters of Armenian American
concerns, cosigning almost every Congressional letter in support of US
assistance to Armenia and Armenian genocide reaffirmation. In February of
Rep. Souder participated in the “Pro-Armenia” Conference held in Paris, which
brought together executive and legislative branch officials from countries
around the world to discuss efforts to strengthen the political and economic
future of Armenia. In an interview with the “Armenian Weekly” following the
Conference, Rep. Souder commented that a highlight of the Conference for him
was “the opportunity to meet Armenians from around the world, understanding
diversity of opinions of those of the Diaspora and yet their unity on the
central importance of Armenian Genocide, and the economic potential of an
Armenia based upon free market principles.”

Devin Nunes (R-CA): Rep. Nunes received an “A+” rating during his first term
in Congress for cosponsoring the Genocide Resolution (H.Res.193) and
legislation normalizing US-Armenia trade relation (H.R.528), and co-signing a
series of letters in support of US assistance to Armenia and Karabagh.
Representing constituents in California’s Central Valley, Rep. Nunes has
closely with the ANC chapter in the Fresno area.

Other House Republicans in the highest tier of support for Armenian American
concerns include Representatives Michael Bilirakis (R-FL), Michael Ferguson
(R-NJ), Scott Garrett (R-NJ), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Edward Royce (R-CA), and John
Sweeney (R-NY), all of whom received an “A” from the ANCA. Representatives
Christopher Smith (R-NJ), Duke Cunningham (R-CA), James Saxton (R-NJ), and
Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) received an “A-”
for their leadership on Genocide affirmation efforts.

To review the specific records of all House and Senate members on each of the
ANCA rating criteria, visit the ANCA Election 2004 section:

4) Russia Reopens South Caucasus Border


OSSETIA (RFE-RL)–Russia reopened its border with Georgia and Azerbaijan on
Friday, ending a nearly two-month transport embargo that severed one of
Armenia’s main supply lines.
“Starting from today, Verkhny Lars is open to both international cargo and
passenger traffic,” Anatoly Dryukov, the Russian ambassador to Armenia, said,
referring to the main Russian-Georgian border crossing on the Caucasus
The lifting of the blockade came two days after a phone conversation between
Presidents Robert Kocharian and Vladimir Putin. The Kremlin said on Thursday
that it took place at Kocharian’s request but gave no details.
Armenian officials said earlier that Kocharian has repeatedly raised the
negative impact of the border closing with Putin. They said the phone talks
between the two leaders were instrumental in the brief reopening of the
Lars crossing earlier this month. The move allowed hundreds of Armenian
personal cars and buses stranded on its Russian side for more than a month to
cross into Georgia and reach Armenia.
The checkpoint handles up to a quarter of Armenia’s commercial exchange with
or through Russia. Its closure particularly hit small and medium-sized
businesses involved in import and export.
In a related move, the Georgian authorities let in Thursday dozens of
vehicles stranded on another major Russian-Georgian border crossing that
through Georgia’s breakaway region of South Ossetia. They were due to reach
Armenia on Friday. The Caucasus Press news agency quoted Georgian officials as
describing the move as a gesture of good will.

5) First Convention of European Armenians Huge Success

European and Armenian Leaders Discuss Issues of Importance to Armenians in the

BRUSSELSThe First Convention of European Armenians, organized by the European
Armenian Federation on October 18 and 19 was a great success, drawing more
two hundred European citizens of Armenian origin and many European officials.
The participants, who included leaders of various organizations and concerned
individuals from sixteen countries, attended the debates organized within the
framework of three sessions dedicated to the Armenian culture and identity in
Europe, the relations between the European Union and Armenia, and the
challenges of EU Enlargement.
In addition to the many European and Armenian officials, religious
representing the two Catholicoses of the Armenian Apostolic Church and one
civil representative of the Patriarch of the Armenian Catholic Church
participated in the Convention, as well as Armenia’s Deputy Minister of
Affairs Ruben Shugarian.
During his welcoming speech, Chairman of the United Left Group (GUE) Francis
Wurtz, the inviting party, declared, “regarding the Armenian question, GUE has
always supported Armenian claims not only within the context of the right to
remembrance and dignity, but also in accordance with a peoples’ right to
The Convention covered many issues, from the European Commission’s New
Neighborhood Policy, to the question of protection and development of the
Armenian language in the diaspora. During the second session, the
ambassador of
Armenia to the European Union Vicken Tchitetchian, presented the medal of
Mkhitar Gosh, one of the highest official distinctions made by the Armenian
Republic, to Italian Senator and Former member of the European Parliament
Demetrio Volcic. Apart from sessions, meetings were organized between national
delegations from different countries and their permanent representation to the
European Union, as well as the European Parliament’s Presidency.
The Convention concluded with the adoption of the Charter that the
of the European Armenian Federation Hilda Tchoboian, presented to a panel of
journalists during the final press conference. On the much anticipated
topic of
Turkey’s candidacy to the European Union, Tchoboian declared, “Turkey
through the Genocide of the Armenian peoplethe very people who represented the
values of enlightenment within the Ottoman Empireits rejection of European
modernity.” She warned European Union leaders against the integration of a
State that persists to express that rejection of European values through its
policy of denial and that through its attitude “threatens the regional
stability and the right to security and life of the Armenian people.”
Reminding that “in the eyes of International law and its practice, today’s
Turkey remains responsible for this genocide as a successor State,” she
concluded that we cannot “artificially bring a people into modernity by using
external constraints.”
All documents related to the Convention, and particularly the Charter,
will be
soon published on the European Armenian Federation’s website:

6) New Homenetmen Regional Executive Committee

Representatives from Homenetmen chapters throughout the Western US Region
gathered at the Montebello Armenian Center on October 8-10, to conduct the
Organization’s 26th Regional Representatives Meeting.
The Regional Representatives Meeting takes place at least once every two
years. During this weekend, the Regional Executive Committee provided a report
of its bi-annual activities to the elected representatives of the Region’s
Chapters. Chapter representatives are based on membership. This year’s meeting
had 112 elected representatives and some 30 invited guests. Present at the
meeting were Homenetmen Central Executive Committee members Manuel Marselian
and Mher Tavitian, as well as ARF Central Committee representative Hagop
The special executive, elected by the representatives to run the three day
meeting, were two chairmen, Raffi Sarkissian and Garo Ispendjian, along with
four secretaries. After the presentation of the bi-annual report, the Regional
Executive Committee presented its collective resignation. The meeting
proceeded to ask the resigning Executive Committee questions about the
bi-annual report to better comprehend the scope of Homenetmen’s activities and
Saturday morning, Viggen Tavitian, Chairman of the resigning Regional
Executive Committee, answered the questions asked the evening before.
Thereafter, meeting participants were given the opportunity to express their
opinion regarding the work of the past Regional Executive. This portion of the
meeting was particularly interesting since it served as an opportunity for
those members closest to the Organization to offer their honest assessment.
While most remarks commended the resigning Board for their hard work,
innovations, and vision, some condoned certain activities and the lack of
effort in particular areas. It is constructive criticism such as this that
allows Homenetmen to take stock of itself and continue to improve.
The remainder of Saturday was spent working on motions and suggestions to
develop the agenda for the coming two years. Meeting participants separated
into specialized committees to review motions which, only on passing in
committee, were discussed at the full session of the Regional Representatives
Among the most talked about topics were the continuous enhancements for
educational programs and the required focus for development at the Chapter
level. The weekend appeared to also serve as an opportunity for Homenetmen’s
leadership to once again bond together. Given that the attendees are
geographically spread out most of the year, they are always excited to take
advantage of get togethers such as this to not only collectively work towards
the betterment of Homenetmen, but catch up socially as well.
The meeting reached its final stage Sunday morning. Nominations were made for
the new Regional Executive Committee and voted on. With the election of every
new committee, there always seems to be a sense of promise. The Homenetmen
Regional Executive Committee of 20022004 certainly did its part to ensure the
continuing success of the Organization. Faced with what often seemed like
insurmountable challenges, they hedged forward and made sure we still had an
unprecedented Regional Jamboree, a revival among the scouting ranks, two
magnificent Navasartian Games and many more accomplishments. It is worth
the time to once again acknowledge the members of the 20022004 Homenetmen
Western US Regional Executive, their Scouting and Athletic Councils, all of
sub-committees, and countless volunteers for their hard work and dedication to
Homenetmen. It is through their devotion and unwavering commitment that
thousands of young Armenians are able to thrive in the positive Armenian
environment so distant from our Homeland.
As for the newly elected Homenetmen Western US Regional Executive Committee,
it is obvious that their work will be just as challenging as that of their
predecessors. The eleven member group has already begun their work with the
continuation of the 4th Annual Homenetmen Winter Games, currently taking place
at Pasadena High School for divisions AA, A, B & C in basketball. They will
spend the next few weeks taking the suggestions of the Regional
Meeting and cultivating their agenda for the next two years. Sub-committees
will soon be appointed and, before we know it, the 30th Navasartian Games &
Festival will be here.

20042006 Homenetmen Western US
Regional Executive Committee

Raffy Ispendjian
Sarkis Garabedian
Moneh D. Grigorian
Oshin Harootoonian
Zareh Movsessian
Vicken Apelian
Salpi Jejeian
Nora Tchaparian
Aram B. Chobanian
Armand Kilijian
Vartkes Shekherdimian

7) Congressman Schiff Accepting Applications for House Page Program

WASHINGTON, DCCongressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) is eligible to nominate a local
high school junior for the US House of Representatives Page Program to study
and work in Washington, DC during the upcoming spring semester. Eligible
students must have at least a 3.0 GPA and be at least 16 by the beginning of
the program. Participants will begin the spring semester in Washington on
Sunday, January 30, 2005 and finish on Friday, June 10, 2005.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for young Americans to experience their
nation’s capital and the lawmaking process up close,” Congressman Schiff said.
Upholding a tradition over 200 years old, House Pages deliver correspondence
and legislative material in the Capitol Complex. They also work within the
Democratic and Republican cloakrooms taking messages and answering phones. In
addition, Pages attend the House Page School in the Library of Congress’
Jefferson Building. Accredited through the Middle States Association of
Colleges and Schools, students take a “college prep” curriculum of computer
technology, English, mathematics, social studies and either French or Spanish.
Participants live in the Page Residence Hall, a dormitory-style building near
the Capitol and Library of Congress, staffed by a director and five
In addition, the lobby desk is always staffed with a US Capitol police
Three pages are assigned to each room to share a private bath and phone. Pages
are paid a monthly gross salary of $1,461.67, but they are responsible for
per month in rent and a $100 security deposit as well as travel and personal
expenses. Five breakfasts, five lunches and seven dinners per week are
within the rent. In addition, while pages are provided with a uniform tie,
must bring with them specific clothes acceptable to the uniform-style dress
Applications and more information are available on Congressman Schiff’s
website at <; Completed
applications must be received at his Pasadena office at 35 S. Raymond Ave. no
later than Wednesday, October 27. Applications must be accompanied with three
letters of recommendation and official grade transcripts for the 9th and 10th
grades. Signed “Declaration of Parental Consent” and “Requirements for Being a
Page” formsalso available on his websitemust be submitted as well. While
certain Members of Congress, such as Congressman Schiff, are offered the
opportunity to nominate a local youth, all final selection decisions are made
by the Majority and Minority Leaders’ offices, and the program is administered
through the House of Representatives’ Office of the Clerk.
Congressman Schiff represents California’s 29th Congressional District, which
includes the communities of Alhambra, Altadena, Burbank, East Pasadena, East
San Gabriel, Glendale, Monterey Park, Pasadena, San Gabriel, South Pasadena
Temple City.

8) Bike-A-Thon Energizes Armenian Countryside

By James ‘Andranik’ Michaelian

YEREVANOn August 21, Vatche Soghomonianin an effort to raise money to provide
refrigerated milk containers for remote villages throughout Armenia, embarked
on a marathon bicycle ride which would take him nearly 700 kilometers across
the mountains and plains of the country.
The project is spearheaded by the Fresno, California-based Armenian
Group (ATG), an organization dedicated to strengthening the agricultural
economy in rural regions of Armenia.
Soghomonian, also from Fresno and a life-long member of Homenetmen, left from
Yerevan’s Republic Square to the enthusiastic cheers of fellow Homenetmen
scouts, who sang the organization’s anthem as the cyclist began his journey.
Soghomonian is no stranger to marathon events. In 1999, he rode his bicycle
from Stepanakert to Yerevan (“from capital to capital”) even biking up the
steep, winding road to the fortress city of Shushi, to give a jump-start to
ATG-proposed grape nursery in Khramort, a village in Karabagh ravaged by war.
Due to the success of the bike-a-thon and a donation of disease-resistant
rootstock from Luther Khachigian of Cal Western Nursery in Visalia,
farmers in the village of Khramort are now cultivating 30 hectares of lush
vineyards. They also provide rootstock to farmers in the region, thus
in the reestablishment of the grape industry in Karabagh.
This year’s event, organized by ATG and the Armenian Ministry of Agriculture,
will help ensure the success of a project that stands to benefit rural
areas in
Armenia for years to come. In many of Armenia’s remote agricultural regions,
villagers lack the means to store large quantities of milk, resulting in waste
and, more important, a shortage of wholesome, fresh milk for children in these
villages. With the funds raised from the bike-a-thon, four refrigerated milk
containers, each with a capacity of 800-1,000 gallons, will be purchased and
placed in villages designated by Agriculture Minister Davit Lokyan, who
personally requested the assistance of ATG in making the project a reality.

Bike-ride sparks nationwide interest

During the course of Soghomonian’s six-day journey, several meetings and
conferences took place, including a press conference in the northern Armenian
city of Vanadzor. There, agricultural officials and members of the press
acquainted with Soghomonian and the reason he had undertaken his long trek
through much of the Armenian homeland. Explaining the importance of the milk
containers, Soghomonian told of the benefits, both economic and
of placing the refrigerated tanks in Armenia’s villages. Then he challenged
Armenians everywhere to match his physical efforts by assisting financially to
the best of their ability, thus helping the project become a reality. Before
leaving Vanadzor, Soghomonian met with Homenetmen scouts, who presented him
with a ring and a picture of the Homenetmen campground in Vanadzor.
In several interviews arranged by Armenian National Television, Soghomonian
and Varoujan Der Simonian, executive director of ATG, explained to audiences
the importance of a strong agricultural economy in Armenia, especially in
distant border regions vital to Armenia’s security. “Besides the immediate
benefit of being able to store large quantities of milk, which villagers will
be able to use locally or sell to firms producing cheese and other dairy
products,” Der Simonian stated, “the tanks will serve as field stations for
planned Central Diagnostic Laboratory (CDL).” According to Der Simonian,
veterinarians will work at the location of each refrigerated tank, making sure
the milk is of the highest quality, and report the occurrence of any disease
that might be detrimental to public health and safety.
The laboratory, in coordination with the Armenian Agriculture Ministry and
Department of Veterinary Service of Armenia, will test for diseases that can
pass from animals to humans through the food chain. “The CDL will be the first
of its kind in the entire Caucasus,” Der Simonian told listeners. “Not only
will the laboratory help bolster Armenia’s economy, but, with improved trade
relations, peace and stability will be promoted.” By testing for a wide-range
of diseases, Der Simonian also noted, the lab would prevent the occurrence of
bird flu or other zoonotic diseases that could devastate the economy of a
country like Armenia.

Historic churches, monuments given central importance during journey

While biking through Armenia’s mountainous northern regions and the flat,
fertile plains of the Ararat Valley, Soghomonian visited several ancient
historic monuments, including Hayravank, a monastery located idyllically on
southern shores of Lake Sevan, and Haghbat Monastery, just north of Alaverdi,
near the border with neighboring Georgia.
In the Ararat Valley, not far from the border with Turkey, Soghomonian paid
tribute to those who fought for Armenia’s survival in 1918 at the monument in
Sardarabad. He then traveled to Saghmosavank, Echmiadzin, and Oshakan, where,
along with ATG staff and supporters, he visited the tomb of Mesrob Mashtots,
inventor of the Armenian alphabet.
Returning triumphantly to Yerevan’s city center, where his journey had begun
six days earlier, Soghomonian was greeted by ATG staff and his beloved
Homenetmen scouts, who sang the Homenetmen anthem and thanked him for the
ideals he held for Armenia. “Times are difficult in Armenia,” Soghomonian
stated. “But we are now headed in the right direction. With projects like
we will see a difference in life here in the homeland.”
As crowds of passers-by and others gathered in front of the Armenia Marriott
Hotel, Soghomonian answered questions and concluded by saying he believed
wholeheartedly in what ATG was doing in Armenia. “What ATG did in the past
here, during the dark years and later in Karabagh, is amazing,” he said. “When
you donate to ATG, you know it will reach the Armenian people. That is what we
are doing now, raising money to buy milk containers for villages across
“I invite everybody to join us next year,” Soghomonian said. “I wasn’t
born in
the homeland,” he added. “But now the homeland is in me.”

9) Maro Gorky Exhibition to Premiere in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELESRenowned painter Maro Gorky, daughter of famed
abstract-expressionist founder Arshile Gorky, will make her first US solo show
debut in Los Angeles in early December. This exhibition of works, mostly
vibrant landscapes dating from the late 1990s to the present, will be on
display on December 2-3 at Christie’s Los Angeles, 360 N. Camden Drive,
Hills, CA.
Curated by Silva Bezdikian, SB Fine Art founder and owner, the show will
include 31 pieces of Maros’ works and will be available to the public. The
Gorky exhibition promises to be an inspiring cultural affair, drawing an
eclectic crowd of collectors, academics, art-world cognoscenti
“Maro’s landscapes are a genuine synthesis of art and nature,” says
“Their simplicity and purity penetrates deeply into the viewers senses as they
travel subconsciously through the art historical pathway.”


Gorky was born in New York in 1943, and her artistic inspiration dates from a
very early age. She was profoundly influenced by her father, and by the works
of early Renaissance masters Mantegna and Uccello, as well as 20th-Century
icons Picasso, Mir and Klee. After her father’s tragic suicide in 1948, when
Gorky was just five years old, her mother moved the family to Europe. Gorky’s
education was undertaken in France, Spain, Italy, and England, culminating
the study of art at the prestigious Slade School of Fine Art at the University
College London, where she graduated with a BA in Fine Arts in 1965.
Gorky married sculptor and writer Matthew Spender, son of famed English poet
Sir Stephen Spender, in 1967, and soon moved to San Sano, Italy, an idyllic
hillside town near Sienna. Their villa, whose vistas have inspired much of
Gorky’s work, was captured beautifully in Bernardo Bertoluccis 1996 film
Stealing Beauty. The creative couple still reside there today.
Gorky’s style, although somewhat inspired by Cubist space, particularly in
use of multiple optical perspectives and flat surfaces, remains perfectly
simple. It has been said that she sees the world as she paints it. The
non-essential is not purposely eliminated from Gorky’s work; it just is not
The upcoming exhibition offers a representative display of her vibrant,
organic landscape works, such as Spring Olive, Winter Light, August Beach,
Brave New World: Summer, and Brave New World: Spring. The event is free and
open to the public.
Previous SB Fine Art shows have included painters Jean Jansem and John
Coming exhibitions will showcase photographer Aris IIiopulos, as well as
sculptors Julie Speidel and Matthew Spender. Bezdikian serves as a consultant
to private clients in a broad range of art collecting activities, providing
access to both information and art. In addition, she promotes major
for leading international artists.
For more information about S.B. Fine Art and the Maro Gorky show, please
contact Jenna Fogle at 323.966.4600 x104 or [email protected]
Collectors and the media will have the opportunity to meet Gorky in person
during the official press preview of the exhibition on December 1 at

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