Alberto Giacometti. Disagreeable Object. 1931

Alberto Giacometti Disagreeable Object 1931

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Giacometti referred to his so–called Disagreeable Objects as "objects without pedestal and without value," thereby distancing them from the realm of traditional sculpture. Produced at the height of his involvement with Surrealism, this object was intended to be touched, and could be displayed in different positions. The smooth carved wood phallus, with its pointed and spiked tip, embodies the opposing forces of desire and menace.

Gallery label from 2006.
Medium
Wood
Dimensions
6 1/8 x 19 5/16 x 4 5/16" (15.6 x 49.1 x 11 cm)
Credit
Private collection, promised gift to The Museum of Modern Art, New York, in honor of Kirk Varnedoe
Object number
PG2467.2001
Copyright
© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Department
Painting and Sculpture

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