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The Theory and Practice of Filliou and Giacometti

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Authors: Steven Harris

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Robert Filliou and Alberto Giacometti each explored representation as a space of possibility in their works. In this way, their working processes are related as each conceives of art as the result of a conceptual process.

In this paper, Dr Steven Harris suggests this is indicitive of two things, which he explores at length: the first is that art was, for each of them, a means of expressing or conveying thought, rather than a way to depict an external model. The second is that an exploration of representation as a space of possibility must be made manifest in some material way, as a physical object.

This paper was originally delivered as a lecture programmed alongside the exhibition Robert Filliou: The Institute of Endless Possibilities, in Galleries 1, 2 and 3 of the Henry Moore Institute, 21 March 2013 - 23 June 2013.