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Looking at Giacometti

Author: David Sylvester
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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"Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966) was one of the century's greatest sculptors and painters. Famous in the 1930s for his surrealist works, he suddenly isolated himself in the mid-1940s and began obsessively to make and remake sculptures and paintings (sometimes entirely demolishing and rebuilding a sculpture several times in a day), wrestling with complex problems of perception and representation. By the mid-1950s he  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Alberto Giacometti; Alberto Giacometti
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Sylvester
ISBN: 0805042105 9780805042108 080504163X 9780805041637
OCLC Number: 33441886
Notes: "A John Macrae book."
Originally published: London : Chatto & Windus, 1994.
Description: xii, 160 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Perpetuating the transient. --
A blind man in the dark. --
A time-space disc. --
The relevance of opposites. --
The residue of a vision. --
Traps. --
With slight variations. --
Losing and finding. --
Something altogether unknown. --
A separate presence. --
A sort of silence.
Responsibility: David Sylvester ; photographs by Patricia Matisse.

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"Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966) was one of the century's greatest sculptors and painters. Famous in the 1930s for his surrealist works, he suddenly isolated himself in the mid-1940s and began obsessively to make and remake sculptures and paintings (sometimes entirely demolishing and rebuilding a sculpture several times in a day), wrestling with complex problems of perception and representation. By the mid-1950s he had established a reputation as one of the most startlingly original artists of the twentieth century." "Written over a period of forty years - from David Sylvester's first visits to Giacometti's studio in the late 1940s to the author's prolonged sitting for Giacometti's portrait of him in 1960 to the meditations on the artist's completed oeuvre after his death - Looking at Giacometti is a profound response to Giacometti's art. A compelling mixture of biography and criticism, it casts a bright light on twentieth-century art and thought. An interview with Giacometti - published here in its entirety for the first time - rounds out this original and valuable book."--BOOK JACKET.

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