FEATURE - Installation view- Giacometti, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, June 8–September 12, 2018. Photo- David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, 2018

Giacometti at the Guggenheim

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It’s fun to go to the Guggenheim…the building itself (designed by Frank Lloyd Wright) is a work of art, and as you go up and through the ramp gallery (it’s a quarter of a mile all the way and climbs at a three degree slope), you can see the art from different angles, and the people looking at the art from different angles. It was conceived as a “temple of the spirit.”  Critics initially feared the building would overshadow the art on display, but Wright insisted that the design made “the building and the painting an uninterrupted, beautiful symphony such as never existed in the World of Art before.”  Personally, I love it, and find the design enhances the experience rather than detracts from the exhibitions.  You can also speak with Gallery Guides (they wear buttons saying “Let’s Talk Art”), who will be glad to discuss what’s on display, and answer questions.

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Alberto Giacometti in the doorway of his studio at 46, rue Hippolyte-Maindron, Paris, ca. 1950. Photo: Ernst Scheidegger © 2018 Stiftung Ernst Scheidegger– Archiv, Zürich.

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Right now, you can go to see the Giacometti exhibit, a collaboration with the Fondation Giacometti in Paris; it’s a retrospective of the Swiss artist’s work.  Here you will find a Disagreeable Object (and it certainly is), surrealist pieces from the 1920s, connections to existentialist figures (including a bust of  Simone de Beauvoir), and, of course, those famous, post-WWII emaciated human figures, vulnerable, human, resilient, and ineffably appealing.  One of them, L’Homme au doigt (Pointing Man), is of the same casting as one sold at auction at Christie’s in 2015 for $126 million–but you can see it here for a mere $25 admission. 

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Alberto Giacometti, Caroline in a Red Dress (Caroline avec une robe rouge), ca. 1964–65, Oil on canvas, 92.3 x 65.4 cm, Fondation Giacometti, Paris. © 2018 Alberto Giacometti Estate/Licensed by VAGA and ARS, New York.

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(Better yet, if you’ve a NYC public library card, you can go for free–just avail yourself of Culture Pass.  You can also get tickets to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and many other cultural institutions around the city.  Everyone who lives, works, attends school, or pays property taxes in New York State is eligible.  What are you waiting for?)

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Alberto Giacometti, Standing Nude on a Cubic Base (Nu debout sur socle cubique), 1953, Painted plaster, 43.5 x 11.7 x 11.8 cm, Fondation Giacometti, Paris. © 2018 Alberto Giacometti Estate/Licensed by VAGA and ARS, New York.

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Giacometti’s artwork is on display through September 12th–it is well worth your while.

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Installation view: Giacometti, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, June 8–September 12, 2018. Photo: David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, 2018.

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Laura LaVelle is an attorney and writer who lives in Connecticut, in a not quite 100-year-old house, along with her husband, two daughters, and a cockatiel.

Laura can be contacted at laura@newswhistle.com.

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PHOTO CREDITS

Each image captioned, except for lead-in image (below).

LEAD-IN IMAGE – Installation view: Giacometti, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, June 8–September 12, 2018. Photo: David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, 2018.

EMBED - Installation view- Giacometti, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, June 8–September 12, 2018. Photo- David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, 2018