The Unseen Giacometti

Unknown Photographs and Drawings

Edited by Beat Stutzer

The Unseen Giacometti

Edited by Beat Stutzer

Distributed for Scheidegger and Spiess

With Essays by Katharina Ammann, Dieter Koepplin, Nicole Seeberger, Beat Stutzer, and Gabriella Zinke
255 pages | 17 color plates, 143 halftones | 9 x 11 | © 2011
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9783858817266 Published August 2011 Not for sale in the UK, Europe, China, and Hong Kong

In 2009 the Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur (Museum of Art of the Grisons) in Switzerland purchased a collection of photographs of and drawings by Alberto Giacometti (1901–66). The collection includes around one hundred photographs and a number of drawings, the majority of which have never before been published and are previously unseen.

Taken by such celebrated photographers as May Ray, Henri Cartier Bresson, and Cecil Beaton, the photographs show Giacometti as a young artist bursting with energy during his first stay in Paris; at work at his legendary studios in Paris and his native Val Bregaglia in Switzerland; lighthearted in the company of his wife, Annette, or in discussion with friends; posing with his sculptures; and in silent dialogue with his models. The drawings are mainly sketches on pages from newspapers and magazines. The entire collection, along with the analyses and commentary presented here, greatly enriches our understanding of Alberto Giacometti as both an artist and a person.


The Picture of the Artist—Portrait Photos of Alberto Giacometti
       Gabriella Zinke
Alberto Giacometti, Seen by Photographers
       Beat Stutzer
Plate Section: Photographs
       With comments on the photos by Katharina Ammann,
       Nicole Seeberger, and Beat Stutzer
A Frontal View of One Head, Several Heads, Over Blocks of Text Shining Through
       Dieter Koepplin
Plate Section: Drawings
Catalogue of Photos and Drawings
       Compiled and annotated by Beat Stutzer
Biography of Alberto Giacometti
       Compiled by Beat Stutzer
Photographers’ Biographies
       Compiled by Nicole Seeberger

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