and a selection of contemporary drawings
featuring work by:
Ryan Michael Ford
and Alberto Giacometti
Jan 26-Feb 24, 2013
Opening reception: Sat, Jan 26, 6-9pm
Related events include:
Artists and Lovers: Paris 1900-1930
an afternoon with Julie Martin, co-author of Kiki’s Paris: Artists and Lovers
Sun, Feb 10, 4pm at Norte Maar
Norte Maar, 83 Wyckoff Avenue, #1B, Brooklyn
Directions: L Train to Brooklyn. Dekalb Stop.
Hours: Weekends 1-6pm and by appointment: 646-361-8512
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Norte Maar is pleased to present Giacometti and a selection of contemporary drawings, January 26-February 24, 2013. The exhibition features a double sided drawing by the great modern master Alberto Giacometti. The work, on loan from a private collection, will be the source of discussion in a show that juxtaposes it with the work of ten contemporary artists.
Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966) holds a special place in the history of 20th Century art. Any encounter with a work by Giacometti whether it is a drawing or painting or sculpture, provides an opportunity to access the strength and sincerity embodying the best art that contributed to the rise of Modernism. With an oeuvre stretching five decades, it is in Giacometti’s most mature work, say from 1947 to 1965, that his most successful and distinctive ability to obscure the boundaries of abstraction and representation are revealed. Giacometti struggled to uncover a personal kind of modernism that measured abstraction against the known, and the representational against subconscious mystery. His very process alludes to a sort of mythology of humanity, which Giacometti expressed so poetically in a short text of 1957, Ma réalité: Art, reality and the myth of life became one.
It is this hunt for artistic clarity that is the purpose behind this special exhibition, which juxtaposes the work of a selection of contemporary artists with a drawing by Alberto Giacometti.
Reality for me has never been a pretext to make art objects, but art a necessary means to render to myself a better account of what I see […] All that I will be able to make will be only a pale image of what I see and my success will always be less than my failure or, perhaps, the success will be equal to my failure. I do not know whether I work in order to make something, or in order to know why I cannot make what I would like to make. –Alberto Giacometti, Paris, May 17, 1959