The masterful sculptor and painter Alberto Giacometti is beautifully celebrated in a show surveying his life and career at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City where the full spectrum of his prolific creations are on display.
This is my favorite show to date at this fabled institution. The entire collection is comprehensively curated by the museum’s Megan Fontanella and Fondation Giacometti’s Catherine Grenier; the works are simply luminous in the circular galleries progressing all the way to the top floor. The perfection of this exhibition lies in the fact that the artist and his work are contemporaries of the museum itself so the pieces are simpatico with the space and give an enriched sense of historical context.
The show is expansive, compelling and dazzling in its execution. In addition to myriad sculptures and paintings is a fascinating video excerpt from a 1966 documentary in which Giacometti sits with the poet Jacques Dupin while discussing his artistic mission and explaining his desire to fully capture in perfect totality his subjects, all the while working and reworking a sculpture. It’s an arresting and direct portrait of the artist and the man.
Actually, the man himself need say very little—his sculptures and paintings reveal his infinite and strenuous search. And the search is truly remarkable in its results.
Giacometti runs through September 12.