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The Cube and the Face
Author: Georges Didi-Huberman

ISBN: 9783037345207
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 31 May 2015
Country of Publication: CH
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 14.2 x 2.0

This monograph of French art theorist and philosopher Georges Didi-Huberman centers around a single sculpture: Alberto Giacometti'sCube from 1934 (Kunsthaus Zurich), possibly his most peculiar and atypical creation, being his only "abstract" sculptural work within a wider oeuvre, which consistently had the exploration of reality as its main objective.

By conducting a meticulous formal analysis of the sculpture, and consulting sketches, etchings, other sculptural works and texts of Giacometti originating from 1932 to 1935, the formative years ofCube, Didi-Huberman unwinds a net of questions, hypotheses, and historical contextualizations in which he envelops his investigation to unfold for the reader a wide spectrum of new perspectives.Cube, as it turns out, marks an exception. It is a self-containing work, barred from any stylistic kinship - and functions prismatically at the same time, delineates Giacometti's transition from his "surrealist" to his "realist" phase and thus contains in nuce  principles which underlie his entire aesthetic understanding:...

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