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Giacometti: A Biography

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The work of one of the towering creative spirits of the century, Alberto Giacometti's visionary sculptures and paintings from a testament to the artist's intriguing life story. From modest beginnings in a Swiss village, Giacometti went on to flourish in the picturesque milieu of prewar Paris and then to achieve international acclaim in the fifties and sixties. Picasso, ...more
Paperback, 576 pages
Published October 30th 1997 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published January 1st 1985)
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Jason Fritz
I consider three factors when appraising a book: the story, how it is told, and how it is written. Deficiencies in one factor can be nullified by excellence in the other factors. Giacometti: A Biography is an excellent story that is told marginally well and written poorly. I first discovered his work at an exhibit of his works at the MoMA in 2001 where I was so impressed by his slender figures of rough bronze, particularly Walking Man and City Square. The National Gallery has a few important wor ...more
Aug 01, 2008 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Stunning portrait of the artist. Paean to the "unfinished" and the difficulty of ever completing a piece of art to satisfaction. Especially moving to reconsider as I struggle with letting go of the page proofs for my forthcoming memoir Love Junkie -- my last chance to alter the text. Profound and stirring biography that spans the inspired, perverse, focused and restless life of one of the great artists of all time imo.
May 08, 2009 Tara rated it really liked it
A full-length, elegantly written, and entertaining bio that serves as sort of a companion volume to James Lord's much shorter and classic A Giacometti Portrait, about Lord's sitting for his portrait by Giacometti.
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Sep 25, 2012 Natalie Lovejoy rated it it was ok
I just could not get in to James Lords style of writing ... It simply was boring!
Dec 29, 2012 Tobias rated it really liked it
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Terrific account of one artist's life, flaws and all. Occasionally it's slow going (though being sick as I read it probably didn't help), but the cumulative effect is ultimately very moving.
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James Lord was an American writer. He was the author of several books, including critically acclaimed biographies of the artists Alberto Giacometti and Pablo Picasso (with whom he became acquainted in Paris during his Army service in the Second World War).
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