Alberto Giacometti: Myth, Magic, and the Man
Laurie Wilson (Author)
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DescriptionAlberto Giacometti, one of the most important artists of the twentieth century, was also one of the most enigmatic. In this major new interpretation of Giacometti and his work, art historian and psychoanalyst Laurie Wilson demonstrates how the artist's secret beliefs and emotional scars are reflected in his evocative sculpture, drawings, and paintings. Wilson's Giacometti was an extremely imaginative child who entwined fantasy and real-life experiences. As he matured, the artist combined fact and fancy into evolving myths, part conscious and part unconscious. Drawing on biographical data uncovered during a decade of research, Wilson reconstructs traumatic events and issues in Giacometti's life-including family births and deaths in early childhood, world wars and their aftermath, and his intense and ambivalent relationship with his parents-and examines their profound effects on his artistic evolution. These startling new interpretations will forever change the way we understand both the man and his work.
Yale University Press
May 01, 2005
6.34 X 9.19 X 1.08 inches | 1.37 pounds
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About the Author
Laurie Wilson is an art historian and practicing psychoanalyst on the faculty of the Psychoanalytic Association of New York affiliated with NYU School of Medicine. Her involvement with Nevelson dates back to the 1970s, when she spent fifteen hours interviewing the artist for her doctoral dissertation, Louise Nevelson: Iconography and Sources, which was subsequently published in the series Outstanding Dissertations in the Fine Arts. She has also written over a dozen chapters, articles, and essays on Nevelson.