Paris Post War: Art and Existentialism 1945-55
Friday 11 June 1993
'You cannot - who could have thought otherwise? - approach a work of art as a person, a living being, or as another natural phenomenon. A poem, a painting, a sculpture all require a certain, specific quality of consideration. But let us look at painting.
Although a face does not reveal itself that easily, it does not take too much effort to discover its meaning. I believe - sticking my neck out - I believe that it is important to isolate it. If my gaze allows it to escape from its surroundings, if my gaze (my attention) prevents this face from merging with the rest of the world, from spinning beyond itself into an infinity of ever vaguer meanings, if, on the contrary, a solitude is obtained in which my gaze cuts it off from the world, then what will flow into and fill that face - or person, or being, or phenomenon - will be its own, unique meaning. By which I mean that to know a face aesthetically you refuse to know it historically.'
From Alberto Giacometti's Studio by Jean Genet, first published by Editions Barbezat, 1958; translated 1991 by Charles Penwarden
Paris Post War: Art and Existentialism 1945-55 at the Tate Gallery until 5 September.
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