Alberto Giacometti | Spoon Woman | 1926-27
Bronze (cast 1954), 56 3/4 x 20 x 9 in.
Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, Texas.
Photographer: David Heald
© 2021 Alberto Giacometti Estate / VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY / ADAGP, Paris
Inspired by a ceremonial Dan spoon, Alberto Giacometti's Spoon Woman thrusts a Modernist emphasis on a primitive figure similar to those found in the works of other early 20th century artists, like Pablo Picasso. Giacometti's woman is reduced to a single geometric totem whose oval midsection draws attention to her womb. The Tremaines traded other artworks to acquire the sculpture in 1971, after they began collecting African and Native American artworks in the 1960s. Spoon Woman, appearing with these pieces in the Tremaines' home, created a dialogue between the modern and its inspirational source.