ALBERTO GIACOMETTI (1901-1966)
ALBERTO GIACOMETTI (1901-1966)
ALBERTO GIACOMETTI (1901-1966)
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PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF JERRY GANZ
ALBERTO GIACOMETTI (1901-1966)

‘FIGURE’ FLOOR LAMP ('TÊTE DE FEMME'), DESIGNED CIRCA 1933-34

Details
ALBERTO GIACOMETTI (1901-1966)
‘Figure’ Floor Lamp ('Tête de femme'), designed circa 1933-34
patinated bronze, paper shade
71 in. (180.3 cm) high, 20 in. (50.8 cm) diameter of shade
impressed A. GIACOMETTI with monogram DG and numbered 071
Literature
R. B. Fisher, Syrie Maugham, London, 1979, pp. 40-41, 44, 72 (for this model insitu)
Diego Giacometti, exh. cat., The Greenberg Gallery, St. Louis and Marisa Del Re Gallery, New York, 1985, p. 15
M. Butor, Diego Giacometti, Paris, 1986, p. 125
F. Francisci, Diego Giacometti, Catalogue de l'oeuvre, Paris, 1986, vol. I, p. 44
D. Marchesseau, Diego Giacometti, Paris, 1986, p. 11
D. Marchesseau, Diego Giacometti, New York, 1987, p. 11
L. D. Sanchez, Jean-Michel Frank, Adolphe Chanaux, Paris, 1997, pp. 115, 250 (for this model insitu)
I Giacometti: la valle, il mondo, exh. cat., Milan, Fondazione Antonio Mazzotta, 2000, p. 236
F. Baudot, Diego Giacometti, New York, 2001, p. 34
C. Boutonnet and R. Ortiz, Diego Giacometti, exh. cat., Galerie L'Arc en Seine, Paris, 2003, p. 34
P.-E. Martin-Vivier, Jean-Michel Frank: The Strange and Subtle Luxury of the Parisian Haute-Monde in the Art Deco Period, Paris, 2008, inside cover, pp. 68, 143, 198, 250 (for this model insitu)
P. Passebon, Jacques Grange, Paris, 2008, pp. 109, 143, 244, 255, 258, 265
Jean-Michel Frank in Argentina, exh. cat., Gallery BAC, New York, 2010, pp. 7, 28, 100 (for this model insitu)
V. Wiesinger, Alberto Giacometti: A Retrospective, exh. cat., Museo Picasso Málaga, Málaga, 2012, p. 166
D. Marchesseau, Diego Giacometti: Sculpteur de meubles, Paris, 2018, p. 30
Further details
This lot is registered under number AGD 4467 in the Alberto Giacometti Database.

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Lot Essay

THE COLLECTOR'S EYE

Jerry Ganz was a highly successful entrepreneur who achieved fame with the marketing of retractable seatbelts to the automobile industry. He leveraged his success in business to become an avid art collector in numerous categories, amassing a collection with a focus on sculpture and sculptural design, rooted in an appreciation for rigorous materiality.
Mr. Ganz appreciated the strong, geometric lines and aesthetics of the Bauhaus, and in 1959 he moved into Mies van der Rohe’s iconic residential masterpiece, 860-880 Lake Shore Drive in Chicago. Collecting became his hobby for the next 70 years and he drew immense pleasure being surrounded by his collection. The public sculpture, museums and modern architecture of Chicago inspired his collecting, cultivating an attraction to urban materials such as bronze, stainless steel, granite and marble.
Jerry Ganz cultivated this unique sensibility and developed an attraction to art by Alberto and Diego Giacometti, Arnoldo Pomodoro, Fernando Botero, Scott Burton, Jean Arp and Sam Francis. Jerry Ganz was fortunate to enjoy a friendly relationship with several artists including Pomodoro, visiting with him at his studio in Milan.
The sculptural furniture of Alberto and Diego Giacometti had a particular resonance with Ganz who took great delight in the functionality and usefulness of the works, striking a balance between a timeless, old-world aesthetic and the zeitgeist of the avant-garde.

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