Alberto Giacometti--Beyond Bronze

Masterworks in Plaster and Other Materials

Edited by Kunsthaus Zürich

Alberto Giacometti--Beyond Bronze

Edited by Kunsthaus Zürich

Distributed for Scheidegger and Spiess

With Essays by Philippe Büttner, Casimiro Di Crescenzo, Catherine Grenier, Tobias Haupt, Christian Klemm, Kerstin Mürer, and Stefan Zweifel
 
240 pages | 224 color plates, 36 halftones | 9 x 11
Cloth $59.00 ISBN: 9783858817853 Published February 2017 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe
Although he is best known for his signature bronze sculptures, Alberto Giacometti (1901–66) worked in a variety of other media such as marble, plaster, and wood. Plaster was of particularly great importance to Giacometti’s work. It offered many advantages as a medium, the foremost being that it allowed the artist to rework or repaint his sculptures in a variety of ways. More than an intermediate stage between clay model and bronze cast, plaster was therefore often regarded by Giacometti as a primary medium, and many of his works exist only in plaster.
           
Alberto Giacometti—Beyond Bronze is based on a gift by Bruno Giacometti of seventy-five plaster sculptures to Kunsthaus Zürich, which have been extensively restored and researched. With more than two hundred illustrations, including many in large format and full color, the book features masterpieces from every stage of Giacometti’s career. Apart from the book’s main focus—the place of plaster in the artist’s oeuvre—it also includes sculptures in marble, bronze, and wood. Together, the sculptures show how Giacometti approached the material properties of these different media and offer insight into the creative process of one of the twentieth century’s greatest artists.
           
Published to accompany a major exhibition at Kunsthaus Zürich, Alberto Giacometti—Beyond Bronze celebrates a lesser-known yet fundamentally important aspect of the artist’s work.
 
Contents
Christoph Bexcker \ Foreword
Christian Klemm \ Alberto Giacometti: Works in Plaster
Philippe Büttner \ Alberto Giacometti’s Use of Sculptural Materials
Catalogue
Casimiro Di Crescenzo \ Chapter Introductions
Childhood and Early Work (1901-1919)
Training and Early Years in Paris (1920-1924)
Early Avant-Garde Years (1925-1929)
The Surrealist Years (1930-1934)
Return to Figuration and Years of Crisis (1935-1945)
Period of Maturation (1946-1958)
The Late Years (1959-1966)
Catherine Grenier \ Entry into the Towel of Babel. The Years 1925-1929
Stefan Zweifel \ Giocometti’s Studio: The Fetish Statue of the Now
Christian Klemm \ The Gift to the Alberto Giocometti-Stiftung in 2006
Kerstin Mürer \ From Traces to Certain Knowledge- A Four-Year Research and Conservation Project on the Plasters of Alberto Giacometti
Appendix
Tobias Haupt \ Glossary \ List of Words
Commented with Conservational Evidence
Selected Bibliography as of 2001
Imprint
 
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