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Alberto Giacometti
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Alberto Giacometti

by Yves Bonnefoy
 

Yves Bonnefoy examines the entire range of Alberto Giacometti's creative production—sculpture, painting, drawing, and lithographs—in this classic, singular study of the Swiss sculptor. By focusing on the works rather than on the details of the artist's life, and by relying on the evidence of Giacometti's important writings and statements, the author—

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Yves Bonnefoy examines the entire range of Alberto Giacometti's creative production—sculpture, painting, drawing, and lithographs—in this classic, singular study of the Swiss sculptor. By focusing on the works rather than on the details of the artist's life, and by relying on the evidence of Giacometti's important writings and statements, the author—a poet, essayist, and friend of the artist—provides a wealth of interpretations of Giacometti's drawings, canvases, and sculptures.Bonnefoy's eloquent and incisive text traces Giacometti's artistic development—from his experience with surrealism, to his return to figurative sculpture, and then to the period of his monumental Walking Man series. The superbly designed and copiously illustrated volume is further enriched with archival photographs of Giacometti's studios and five decades of his artistic life in Paris. Accompanied by an extensive biographical chronology and bibliography, and illustrated with nearly 600 works and documents, the revised edition of this oversized, exquisitely-produced monograph will continue to be the essential, authoritative reference on this artist

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Library Journal
One of the most universally admired artists of the 20th century, the Swiss-born sculptor/painter Alberto Giacometti (1901-66) is best known for a series of bronzes depicting ghostly, attenuated figures made during a burst of intense creative activity inspired partly by the cataclysmic events of World War II. The largest retrospective of Giacometti's work ever mounted almost 200 individual sculptures, paintings, and drawings, shown at Zurich's Kunsthaus and New York's MoMA has generated Klemm's fine catalog, the best book on this major figure to have appeared since James Lord's definitive Giacometti: A Biography (Noonday, 1997. reprint.). In addition to the aforementioned sculptures, Kunsthaus curator Klemm has assembled a farrago of this artist's eclectic accomplishments, from his early eminence among the Parisian Surrealists onward. Worth the entire cover price is the handful of pages depicting the astonishingly agile still-life drawings from the artist's productive mid-century years. An excellent and deeply inspiring book true to its subject; recommended for all art collections. Also timed to coincide with the exhibition is the publication of an elegantly packaged, slipcased set of two thin monographs profiling Alberto and his lesser-known sibling, Diego (1902-85), a designer of furniture and objets d'art and the metal smith who cast many of his brother's major bronzes. Identical in format and size, these books are primarily a conglomeration of a few dozen photos of artwork alongside short introductory biocritical essays and brief chronologies. Next to Klemm's hefty volume, each of these works feels more like a repackaged article from a glossy art journal, suitable as an attractive gift book but providing little for most library users. Nonetheless, as the only title currently available on the younger Giacometti, the set can be recommended for more comprehensive collections. Douglas F. Smith, Oakland P.L. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9782843233005
Publisher:
Assouline
Publication date:
02/22/2011
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 8.66(h) x (d)

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