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Giacometti : a biography in pictures
Hohl, Reinhold.
Publication Information:
[Stuttgart] : Hatje ; New York : Distribution in the US [by] Distributed Art Publishers, [1998]

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207 pages : illustrations ; 30 cm
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N6853.G5 G53 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Chronologically arranging quotations--from the artist and others--on the subject of Giacometti's life and art, Giacometti: A Biography In Pictures narrates an informal exploration of one of the twentieth century's greatest sculptors. The text is interspersed with wonderful snapshots of the artist at work in the studio (a Gitane invariably gripped in his plaster-stippled fingers), and with reproductions of individual works.

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Library Journal Review

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 patchwork compilation is better suited to Studs Terkel or a fan biography, because it is Giacometti it remains by default an engaging read for the average art lover and a worthwhile purchase for academic and large public libraries. The definitive biography continues to be James Lord's Giacometti: A Biography (LJ 1/86).√ĄDouglas F. Smith, Oakland P.L., CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

This book is a two-part success. It is, as suggested by the title, an (exceptionally fine) "biography" of Giacometti by means of hundreds of archival photographs of the Swiss sculptor/painter's life and works (1901-66). The volume is therefore categorized as being a photographic study. But there is also an equally significant written commentary: an illuminating compilation by Giacometti historian Hohl. The text is fascinating, quickly read, and of sizeable scholarly importance. The lengthy running text of quotations and criticism was woven from documented references to more than 200 statements, reports, letters, newspapers, books, etc. Outstanding are the photographs of the artist's successive studios, documenting works in progress and his dashing circle. There are no chapters as such in the book, but Hohl's sequence of the oeuvre settles mostly into early, middle, and late divisions. The first is Giacometti's cubist style, through about 1927, followed by his more trademark surrealist works including the 1932 masterpiece The Palace at 4 a.m.. In the later 1930s there are several somewhat naturalistic works and portraits. Then appears the great group of small and finally larger elongated, slender figures. An excellent volume, most highly recommended. General readers; graduate students; researchers and faculty; professional sculptors. M. Hamel-Schwulst; Towson University