AboutGiacometti (dir. Michael Gill, 1965, 14min.) Arts Council of Great Britain
Born in 1901 in Stampa, Switzerland, the sculptor Alberto Giacometti studied first under his father and then at the Ecole des Arts et Metiers, Geneva (1919-20). He travelled extensively in Italy before settling in Paris in 1922. During the 20s he was influenced by Cubism and by Cycladic art and was later associated with the Surrealists (1929-35). With sparse narration in English and brief comments by the artist in French, this film documents Alberto Giacometti at work in his small Paris studio and presents examples of his work.
William Kentridge: the Felix Films (selected shorts by the artist) Introduced by Timothy Hyman
William Kentridge is a South African artist, born in Johannesburg in 1955. He is perhaps best known for his animated films. These are constructed by filming a drawing, making erasures and changes, and filming it again. He continues this process meticulously, giving each change to the drawing a quarter of a second to two seconds' screen time. A single drawing will be altered and filmed this way until the end of a scene. These drawings are later displayed along with the films as finished pieces of art. Felix Teitelbaum, the subject of this series of films is the humane and loving alter-ego to the ruthless capitalist white South African psyche.