Some two-dozen major works by the sculptor Alberto Giacometti on view at the Gagosian Gallery, 980 Madison Avenue, from April 27 to June 19th, 1993.
The works in the Gagosian Gallery exhibition date from the period following the Second World War. Deeply marked by his explorative painting, Giacometti's sculpture came to make drastic linear incursions upon an ever-more eroded surface. From this development emerged Giacometti's famous starkly withered forms.
These radical solutions, long interpreted in the light of the contemporary Existentialism of Jean Paul Sartre, are manifest in several works dating to the late 1940s and early 1950s. Among the major works of this time to be included are the Man Pointing, 1947, the Man Crossing a Square, 1949, The Chariot, 1950 and The Cat, 1951.
The emergence of Giacometti's pictorial sculpture proposed the most radical revision of the representational tradition since the proto-constructivist experiments of Picasso, a mode shortly taken up by the early Soviets. Alberto Giacometti's resolution remains the most original and convincing alternative to non-constructivist sculpture in twentieth century art.
Apart from the masterpieces already noted, the Gagosian Gallery exhibition will include several Portraits of Annette and Diego, respectively the sculptor's wife and brother, associates of the artist celebrated for the ardor of their collaborative roles.
This is the first major overview of Giacometti sculpture to be held in New York City in nearly a decade. The exhibition will be accompanied by an illustrated catalogue prefaced by the noted art historian, John Richardson.