Everybody knows Giacometti’s emaciated figures — the ones that should be grotesque, but are instead objects of our fascination, and despite ourselves, we find them strangely friendly. But these figures only comprised a small portion of his life’s work.
Just ending is an exhibition at the Peter Freeman gallery in NYC that celebrates his drawings — drawings that are “figures…built up out of a complex web of searching line, form and erasure—as if the artist were in an unending process of stopping and starting, of decision and indecision. Their sense of becoming and of dissolving simultaneously are what made Giacometti’s figures the poster children for Existentialism.”
But across his life’s work he focused not just on the human body, but on everyday things, like trees, flowers, apples rolling across a table. The guest curator, Meredith Harper, reinforces Giacometti’s range of styles across his career:
It is as if Giacometti, as evinced from this remarkable exhibition, were reinventing the act of drawing every time he put pen, pencil or crayon to paper.
I think the exhibition is a good example of an artist’s constant quest for metamorphosis and their constant effort to evolve — whether in brushstroke, texture, composition, or [insert endless range of possibilities]…
‘Alberto Giacometti: Drawings’ http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204005504574230261629069236.html