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The Cube and the Face: Around a Sculpture by Alberto Giacometti

Didi-Huberman, Georges

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Title: The Cube and the Face: Around a Sculpture by...

Publisher: Diaphanes

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Alberto Giacometti's 1934 Cube stands apart as a Swiss artist, the abstract sculptural work that otherwise had as its objective the exploration of reality. Drawing on Freud, Bataille, Leiris, and others whom Giacometti counted as influences, this book presents fans and collectors of Giacometti's art with an approach to transitional work. Num Pages: 224 pages, 85 halftones. BIC Classification: ACXD9; AFKB; AGB. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 143 x 227 x 20. Weight in Grams: 474. . 2015. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9783037345207

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Synopsis: Alberto Giacometti?s 1934 Cube stands apart for many as atypical of the Swiss artist, the only abstract sculptural work in a wide oeuvre that otherwise had as its objective the exploration of reality.
With The Cube and the Face, renowned French art historian and philosopher Georges Didi-Huberman has conducted a careful analysis of Cube, consulting the artist?s sketches, etchings, texts, and other sculptural works in the years just before and after Cube was created. Cube, he finds, is indeed exceptional—a work without clear stylistic kinship to the works that came before or after it. At the same time, Didi-Huberman shows, Cube marks the transition between the artist?s surrealist and realist phases and contains many elements of Giacometti?s aesthetic consciousness, including his interest in dimensionality, the relation of the body to geometry, and the portrait—or what French art historian and philosopher Didi–Huberman terms “abstract anthropomorphism.? Drawing on Freud, Bataille, Leiris, and others Giacometti counted as influence, Didi-Huberman presents fans and collectors of Giacometti?s art with a new approach to transitional work.

About the Author: Georges Didi-Huberman is professor at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris. He is the author of more than thirty books on the history and theory of images, including Images in Spite of All, published by the University of Chicago Press.

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