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Alberto Giacometti (Museum of Modern Art Books)

Christian Klemm; Carolyn Lachner; Tobia Bezzola; Anne Umland

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ISBN 10: 0810962209 / ISBN 13: 9780810962200
Published by Museum of Modern Art, 2001
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Title: Alberto Giacometti (Museum of Modern Art ...

Publisher: Museum of Modern Art

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

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This is the most comprehensive survey in many years of the work of one of the 20th century's greatest artists, Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966). Published to celebrate the centennial of his birth, the book accompanies an exhibition jointly organized by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Kunsthaus Zürich.

The Swiss-born Giacometti was a supremely inventive sculptor as well as a painter and draftsman of the highest distinction. This volume includes many of his early Cubist-influenced and Surrealist works, often slyly humorous and allusively erotic, as well as his masterful drawings and paintings, and the elongated sculptures of the human head and figure for which he is best known. Published with the full involvement of the Alberto Giacometti Foundation, this will become the standard reference on the artist.
200 illustrations, 100 in full color and 100 duotone, 272 pages, 9 1/2 x 11 3/4"
A Museum of Modern Art Book

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Alberto Giacometti, the elegant catalog for a major exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, seeks to counter overly literary or psychological interpretations of an artist who has long been viewed as a poster boy for existentialism. The atmospheric black-and-white halftones and color plates are organized in closely interrelated, chronological groups to support texts by several experts, including Christian Klemm, curator of the Alberto Giacometti Foundation. By focusing on the work itself--which includes paintings and drawings as well as the famously slender, elongated sculptures--the authors emphasize his exquisitely calibrated response to the roles played by perception and memory. In the portraits, for example, networks of fine lines dematerialize a sitter's face yet preserve her essence. Anne Umland's intriguing discussion of the roles of photography and the fetish in Giacometti's surrealist-era sculpture is one of the many pleasures of this book. --Cathy Curtis

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