Alberto Giacometti

A Swiss Sculptor, painter and printmaker his iconic dark creepy elongated froms that were all made from bronze casts.   Starting in the 20’s sculpting from life he grew bored and started working strictly on imagination. This time in his life he was catching a great deal attention from the surrealist movement of artist and by the 30’s he had established a large network of dealers and currators. In 1948, an exhibit of his latest sculptures was mounted in New York, and immediately, his odd formed humans took their place as Twentieth-century icons. From then on any exhibit of modern art included sculptures by Giacometti. In 1955, a major retrospective of his career was put on at the Guggenheim, in New York. In 1962, he won the grand prize for sculpture at the Venice Bieniale. Three years later he won the French Government’s Grand Prix National des Arts. His fame was now worldwide. In July 2010 his life size statue of a man walking sold for 65 million pounds at a sotheby’s auction which was a world record for the most expensive piece of art sold at auction.

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