The Art of Relation
Author: Timothy Mathews
View: 9800Alberto Giacometti’s attenuated figures of the human form are among the most significant artistic images of the 20th century. Sartre, Breton, and Winnicott are just some of the great thinkers who have drawn upon the graceful, harrowing work of Giacometti, which has continued to resonate with artists, writers, and audiences. In this book, Timothy Mathews explores the themes of fragility, trauma, space, and relationality in Giacometti’s art and the texts that respond or refer to them: the novels of W.G. Sebald, Samuel Beckett and Cees Nooteboom, and the theories of Bertolt Brecht, which recasts the iconic L’Homme qui marche as Walter Benjamin’s Angel of History. During his lifelong quest to represent the human form, and to locate the humanity at the heart of conflicting conceptions of modernity, Giacometti returned to the key notions of depth and flatness, memory and attachment, through his sculptures and writings. Both a critical study of Giacometti’s life and work, and an investigation of their affective power, this book asks what encounters with Giacometti’s pieces can tell us about the history of our own time, and our ways of looking; about the nature of human attachment, and the humility of relating to art.
Author: Catherine Grenier
View: 8623Alberto Giacometti is more than a major twentieth-century artist — he is also one of the century’s most intriguing characters. This biography, the result of new research, takes us into the private life of an artist haunted by his oeuvre, driven relentlessly by an uncompromising and demanding nature. Following a childhood spent in his father’s studio in Switzerland, and then his student days in Paris studying under the sculptor Antoine Bourdelle, the young artist split from his early mentors, looking instead to cubism, then surrealism. He earned near-immediate recognition for his work and the admiring friendship of André Breton, yet Giacometti soon turned his back on the surrealist objects that had brought him fame, opting instead to break away on his own — a choice that led him to the margins of mainstream movements. A friend to leading artists and intellectuals, he made his own way in the solitude of his legendary studio in Montparnasse. Strongly attracted to human representation and influenced by archaic and non-Western art, he eschewed naturalist representation in favor of a synoptic and sometimes tortured vision of the figure — one filled with mysterious power. Catherine Grenier recounts the exceptional story of Alberto Giacometti, his life, career, and work, in a biography that is every bit as thrilling as a novel.
Author: Reinhold Hohl
View: 5916From the Blurb: One of the great masters of 20th century art, the Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti captured the existential loneliness of modern humanity with his spindly, attenuated figures whose life-like gazes pierce the vastness of space. Uniting more than 250 sculptures, paintings, drawings and graphic works, this extensive monograph is an exemplary overview of his oeuvre. The book underscores the continuity between the two remarkable bodies of work that characterize his career: the pre-1935 works, which included the finest of all Surrealist sculptures, and the post-war masterpieces. As a result of a profound artistic crisis that began in 1934, when Giacometti returned to working from the model and thus broke with the Surrealists, the artist began tackling the problem of situating figures in space in an entirely new way. Painting played a key role in the solutions that Giacometti found to this problem, and the discussion here of the relationship between his two- and three- dimensional works reveals him to have been as great a painter as he was a sculptor.
Collection of the Fondation Alberto Et Annette Giacometti
Author: Alberto Giacometti,Véronique Wiesinger
Publisher: Editions du Centre Pompidou
View: 2788Exposition autour du processus créatif d'Alberto Giacometti et des collections de la Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti. Exploration photographique d'un lieu devenu mythique, son atelier, des diverses pratiques de l'artiste (sculpture, peinture, dessin, écriture...) et de l'accueil reçu par Giacometti et ses oeuvres. L'artiste comme acteur de son propre mythe.