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Press Release

October 14 - December 21, 2002

Richard Gray Gallery, located at 875 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, is pleased to present Diego Giacometti: Furniture, on display from October 14 - December 21, 2002. The exhibition includes ten items from a private collection: coffee tables, console tables, table lamps and a standing lamp. Beautifully proportioned, and cast in bronze with rich patinas, these items span his career, from 1936 to 1984.

Diego Giacometti (1902-1985), younger brother of Alberto Giacometti and son of the Post-Impressionist painter Giovanni Giacometti, was frequently the subject of his brother Alberto's portraits. The two shared a small studio in Paris from their mid twenties, until Alberto's death in 1966. Diego always knew that he would work with his hands, and dreamed of making furniture. Working with decorators Jean-Michel Frank of Paris and Syrie Maugham of London, Giacometti created wall sconces, andirons, lamps, and other items. Later, Diego went on to create sculpture bases and stands for Alberto and other artists. Eventually he received important commissions for furniture, first for the house of Marguerite Maeght, including tables, chairs, railings and a swimming-pool ladder. His outstanding later projects include a commission for lighting fixtures and furniture for the Picasso Museum in Paris, France.

Featured Works

Table Berceau (second version), ca. 1970
Lampe au hibou (second version), ca. 1980
Table basse trapézoïdale de chasseurs, modèle aux cerfs et aux chiens, ca. 1963
Console aux grenouilles à double plateau, ca. 1984