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Alberto Giacometti
Jackie Gaff
0531166171
September 2002
Paperback
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Card catalog description
Discusses the life, art, and legacy of the artist Alberto Giacometti. Includes a timeline linking the events in his life with world events. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.


The Art Book for Children
Manufactured by Phaidon Press
0714845302
May 2005
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 4-7–Large color reproductions expose readers to a wide variety of art, from the best-known paintings of the 14th and 15th centuries to contemporary photographs and wrap art. European, Asian, and American art is included in the more than 30 discussed works. Illustrations are arranged to fill single pages, spreads, and small squares. The text, at times calligraphic, becomes part of the art as it invites viewers to take more than a cursory look. Questions encourage readers to observe details, while statements of opinion help to provoke new thoughts and elicit emotional responses to the pieces. Because the book is not arranged by chronology, medium, or style, readers have the option to skip around, to pick and choose the works to study–much like visiting favorite paintings in a museum. A...


Alberto Giacometti in Postwar Paris
Michael Peppiatt
0300092423
Jan 2002
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
The centenary of Alberto Giacometti's birth last year heralded a number of exhibitions of this much-beloved master's work. This title by Peppiatt (Francis Bacon: Anatomy of an Enigma) accompanies an eponymous show touring European museums, focusing on Giacometti's most productive and artistically mature years. The sculptor-painter spent the duration of World War II languishing in his native Switzerland, modeling plaster figures so profoundly attenuated that when he returned to a liberated Paris, he was able to smuggle three years' of work in matchboxes in his jacket pocket. Once he was happily reestablished in his tiny Montparnasse studio, the sculptor began making the tall, gaunt figures he's best known for today. Although lacking the comprehensive scope of the catalog of the 2001 Giacometti retrospective at New...


Alberto Giacometti (Artists in Their Time Series)
Jackie Gaff
0531122247
September 2001
Library Binding
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Card catalog description
Discusses the life, art, and legacy of the artist Alberto Giacometti. Includes a timeline linking the events in his life with world events.


Alberto Giacometti
Laurie Wilson
0300113366
May 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Alberto Giacometti, one of the most important artists of the twentieth century, was also one of the most enigmatic. In this major new interpretation of Giacometti and his work, art historian and psychoanalyst Laurie Wilson demonstrates how the artist’s secret beliefs and emotional scars are reflected in his evocative sculpture, drawings, and paintings. Wilson’s Giacometti was an extremely imaginative child who entwined fantasy and real-life experiences. As he matured, the artist combined fact and fancy into evolving myths, part conscious and part unconscious. Drawing on biographical data uncovered during a decade of research, Wilson reconstructs traumatic events and issues in Giacometti’s life—including family births and deaths in early childhood, world wars and their aftermath, and his intense and...


Alberto Giacometti: Sculptures, Paintings, Drawings
Angela Schneider (Editor)
3791313711
April 1994
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
Swiss sculptor Giacometti has been the subject of numerous biographical and art historical investigations that seem evenly divided among English-, French-, and German-language publications. This book, which takes an overview approach to evaluating Giacometti's place in 20th-century art, offers a scholarly new assessment of his works in three media. The documentation by essayists Karin Von Maur, Dieter Hinisch, and Lucius Grisebach are especially useful in their exploitation of European and non-English language scholarly resources; for readers unable to access the original French and German writings, the summation of conclusions here is invaluable. The result is a richer and more in-depth portrait of Giacometti's artistic intentions. Recommended for academic and specialized research collections and for general...


Derriere Le Miroir #65 Alberto Giacometti
Giacometti
0320059499
June 2004
(Paperback) - French
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Alberto Giacometti: Myth, Magic, and the Man
Laurie Wilson
0300090374
April 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
Alberto Giacometti, one of the most important artists of the twentieth century, was also one of the most enigmatic. In this major new interpretation of Giacometti and his work, art historian and psychoanalyst Laurie Wilson demonstrates how the artist’s secret beliefs and emotional scars are reflected in his evocative sculpture, drawings, and paintings. Wilson’s Giacometti was an extremely imaginative child who entwined fantasy and real-life experiences. As he matured, the artist combined fact and fancy into evolving myths, part conscious and part unconscious. Drawing on biographical data uncovered during a decade of research, Wilson reconstructs traumatic events and issues in Giacometti’s life—including family births and deaths in early childhood, world wars and their aftermath, and his intense and...


Henri Cartier-Bresson and Alberto Giacometti
Henri Cartier-Bresson
303939004X
May 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) and Alberto Giacometti (1901–1966) became friends in the mid-1930s in Paris. Both were seeking a way out of surrealism that would lead back to reality. Giacometti returned to life studies, Cartier-Bresson exchanged his brush for a camera. The content of this volume revolves around the many mutual resonances in the work of these two great artists. The book opens with shots of Giacometti taken by Cartier-Bresson over a period of three decades. At the same time, the inner workings of the artists’ friendship is illuminated by a comparison between the two as draughtsmen—both searching for the ’instant décisif’—and by the question of how the photographs of one and the paintings and drawings of the other are used in por-traiture. This is a unique encounter...


Giacometti Portrait
James Lord
0374515735
July 1980
Paperback
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Review
"James Lord's timeless account . . . documents how torturous creation can be, even, or perhaps especially, for a creative genius." --Jacqueline White, Ruminator Review


Alberto Giacometti
Jackie Gaff
0613539001
Sept 2002
Hardcover
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Card catalog description
Discusses the life, art, and legacy of the artist Alberto Giacometti. Includes a timeline linking the events in his life with world events. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.


Giacometti: A Biography
James Lord
0374525250
October 1997
Paperback
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Book Review
James Lord met Swiss-born sculptor Alberto Giacometti (1901-66) in 1952, when he had moved beyond the mysterious surrealist works that first won him fame (The Palace at 4 A.M.) to the spookily attenuated figures that made him a preeminent profiler of existential unease. Lord astutely chronicles this transformation, and the evaluation of Giacometti's formidable personality is notable for its sensitive delineation of his ambivalent feelings toward women. Without scanting the sculptor's tragic view of life, the author also inspires exhilaration with his portrait of a man who was always true to his art.

The New York Times Book Review, Dan Hofstadter
... [a] fascinating new biography.... Mr. Lord writes especially vividly about the late periods, after 1952, when he got to know...


Alberto Giacometti
Christian Klemm
0870703390
Jan 2001
Hardcover
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Book Review's Best of 2001
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...


Giacometti: A Biography of His Work
Yves Bonnefoy
2080135120
October 1991
Hardcover
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From 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...


Giacometti
Reinhold Hohl
377570793X
Mar 1999
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
The Swiss sculptor/painter Alberto Giacometti (1901-66) is one of the most universally admired artists of the century. An early postmodernist with an extremely personal vision, he is best known for the gaunt, attenuated standing bronze figures he made during the final 20 years of his life. The critic Robert Hughes has written that the vast space created around them by their own etiolation is "the visual metaphor of Existentialist Man." This book is a piecemeal assemblage of paragraph-long quotations, from the artist and others, about Giacometti's life and artistic struggles. The material has been arranged chronologically and interspersed with some interesting snapshots of him at work in the studio (a Gitane invariably gripped in his plaster-stippled fingers) and reproductions of individual works. Although such a...


Mythic Giacometti
James Lord
0374218803
June 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Lord’s 1985 biography of the Italian artist Alberto Giacometti was, in his own words, "a monument dedicated to honor and perpetuate the memory, aspirations and achievements of a legendary hero." This little book, offered as a kind of coda, retells the story of the sculptor’s life as a sequence of critical moments that evoke the Oedipus story, and suggests that Giacometti had a mythic destiny, from his birth and baptism through to the demise of his father, whose funeral Giacometti was too ill to attend. Certainly his was a fraught life: the artist had an erotic obsession with feet and a ferocious attachment to his mother. On two occasions, he awoke to the unexpected company of a dead body. Lord’s exegetical treatment of these and other events, though by no means groundless, is often labored and...

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