Der Hagopian’s work, which serves as a history lesson on Armenian culture, will be displayed for all to see 50 years after his death. This exhibition, on its second stop on a global tour, will display more than 20 works of the sculptor, painter, singer and carver, who was also a survivor of the Armenian Genocide. A friend and confidante of Arshile Gorky, the Father of Abstract Expressionism, Der Hagopian moved to Massachusetts in 1923 to live in Watertown and continue the artistic studies he had started in Western Armenia. It was also here in Watertown that he recorded Armenian folk songs, along with carving art that reflected mourners, immigrants and survivors from ARmenia which he created in exactness from his memory.
After Der Hagopian’s artwork was discovered hidden in a closet by his wife’s granddaughter, the artist’s family and The Bishop Gallery in Brooklyn, NY started a global tour of his artwork in order to teach of Armenia’s rich culture around the world. The exhibit will be on display at ALMA until May 24, Yenovk’s 116th birthday.
To purchase prints of Yenovk’s work from the Bishop Gallery, visit http://www.yenovkderhagopian.com/prints.html