Alberto Giacometti: Graphics on the Border between Art and Thought
Jean Soldini, Nicoletta Ossanna Cavadini
Centro Culturale Chiasso, m.a.x. museo & Skira, 2020
Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966), numbered among the most important artists of the twentieth century, is famous above all as a sculptor and painter but he always paid particular attention to the value of drawing and graphics. In his lifetime he produced a rich output of works in this field, the expression of a profound artistic research that has remained less visible than his sculpture and painting. This volume documents and emphasizes Giacometti’s research into graphics with a specific focus on the over four hundred sheets and numerous artists’ books in which he explored various techniques, from woodcuts to burin engravings, etchings, drypoints, lithographs and callotypes. Accompanying the prints are some chalcographic and lithographic matrices. The creative environment of the artist and man is also revealed through the evocative photographs taken by Ernst Scheidegger and Paola Savioni Martini.