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Show examines the realist in sculptor Alberto Giacometti. (New York).

Famous for his exaggeratedly elongated and thin sculptures of the human figure, internationally renowned Swiss sculptor, painter and draftsman Alberto Giacometti is the subject of a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art. Entitled "Alberto Giacometti," the exhibit features 90 sculptures, 40 paintings and 60 drawings that survey his career from 1919 through 1965. Key examples from each of his major periods emphasize his importance as a sculptor while revealing his gifts as a draftsman and painter. The exhibit also includes unique plaster, wood and terra-cotta works that have rarely been seen in the U.S.

The exhibit places special emphasis on works done between 1929 and 1934--sometimes referred to as avant-garde or Surrealist--and those executed from 1947 to 1951, often characterized as representing the "classic" Giacometti. Approximately 80 of the works date from the artist's pre-World War II period, including an early self-portrait painted in a post-Impressionist style, Cubist-influenced sculptures, bronze and marble portrait heads of the artist's parents, Surrealist sculptures that often incorporate moving parts and drawings. About 110 works date from Giacometti's "classic" phase up to his death in 1966 and include his filament-thin sculptures of men and women, paintings of family members and close associates, still lifes and landscapes.

"Giacometti saw himself as a realist," said curator Carolyn Lanchner. "His preoccupation with what he described as `rendering my vision' led him first to radically re-imagine the forms of modern sculpture and subsequently to return to drawing, painting and sculpting from the model, rendering these conventional aspects of academic discipline in powerful new ways."


"Alberto Giacometti"

Through Jan. 8

Museum of Modern Art

Address: 11 West 53rd Street New York

Phone: (212) 708-9400

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Date:Jan 1, 2002
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