Ali Artun: Giacometti’s cul-de-sac of reality

Conference

April 4, 2015 / 14:30

Giacometti has always tried to see and capture reality. But he can’t. In his quest for reality, he chips away at his early sculptures, reducing them to nothingness. He eventually begins to work with “surreal” objects and revolutionizes the field. Shortly thereafter, however, he returns to the age-old problematic of aesthetics and attempts to discover the interaction between art and reality. He gets stuck with endless copies. He fails to complete his brother’s portrait and bust for five years, even though he works on them every day. He admits he “can’t even finish a head.” In the end, however, he creates an aesthetics, a philosophy out of this cul-de-sac of reality that imprisoned him. He inspires the existentialists as much as he does the surrealists.

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Ali Artun graduated from METU Department of Architecture. He is the founder and member of numerous associations in art and architecture. He took part in the establishment of Gallery Nev in 1984. Since then, he has organized numerous exhibitions for Gallery Nev in Ankara as well as other exhibitions in Ankara and Istanbul. He edited over a hundred titles published by Gallery Nev. Since 2002, he directs the “Art-Life” series that brings together works in cultural criticism, and teaches in the Graduate Program of Art History at ITU.

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Alberto Giacometti

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