Alberto Giacometti. Spoon woman, (1926; cast 1954).

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Tremaine Collection / Miller Co. art & design
15 March 2019 | Updated 1 October 2019

Alberto Giacometti
Spoon woman, (1926, cast 1954)
Bronze (edition of 6)
57 in. high (144.8 cm)
Acquired 1971 from Nelson Rockefeller Collection through Harold Diamond Gallery


The following is an excerpt from: Wadsworth Atheneum. (1984). The Tremaine Collection: 20th Century masters; The spirit of Modernism exhibition catalogue, p. 44 with photo of artwork. (Exhibition dates: 26 February - 29 April 1984).

"Primitive art has frequently had an important influence on modern painting and sculpture, and Giacometti’s use of primitive sources included the psychological as well as the purely formal. In Spoon woman, a major early work by Giacometti, he used a ceremonial Dan spoon used by women to pass wheat or rice in ceremonial gift giving as inspiration for his totemic object. The figure is pared down to essential shapes and the oval of the womb is given primacy, as is frequently the case in primitive images of women. This work served as an important point of departure for the artist and he reworked the symbolic evocation of woman as a spoon-like image in numerous later compositions."

This edition of Alberto Giacometti’s Spoon woman has been in the Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection (Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, Texas) since 1984. (Search the collection, with artwork webpage with photo of the artwork.)

Spoon woman was on the cover of the exhibition catalogue The Evolution of the Nasher Collection, (c. 2005).

To learn more about Alberto Giacometti’s Spoon woman from 1971, click the link(s) to articles and exhibition compilations with documentation below.


Photos by Louise Lawler showing Alberto Giacometti’s Spoon woman:

Louise Lawler. Arranged by Tracy Atkinson, Director, and Gregory Hedberg, Chief Curator at the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford CT, (1984). (Unique).
Louise Lawler. Arranged by Tracy Atkinson, Director, and Gregory Hedberg, Chief Curator at the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford CT, (1984). (Edition of 5 and 1 artist’s proof.)

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