Alberto Giacometti, Swiss, b. Borgonovo, 1901–1966

Plaster, 7 1/4 × 8 × 8 3/4 in. (18.2 × 20.2 × 22.3 cm)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966

Accession Number: 66.2045

Man Ray, Paris (gift from the Artist), c. 1934-probably July 1935--early 1950s
G. David Thompson, Pittsburgh, early 1950s-1963
Galerie Beyeler, Basel, 1963
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, 3 October 1963-17 May 1966 (via Harold Diamond, New York)
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966

Exhibition History:
[JULIAN LEVY GALLERY, New York. "Abstract Sculpture by Albert Giacometti," December 1934, no. 8 or 9, both listed as Head plaster].
[GALERIE PIERRE (LOEB), Paris. Surrealist Group exhibition, 1936].
SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, New York. "Alberto Giacometti," 7 June-17 July 1955, n.p., no ill. (as Head, 1932-1934, plaster, h. 7 inches, Collection G. David Thompson, Pittsburgh).
GALERIE BEYELER, Basel. "Alberto Giacometti," July-September 1963, no. 22 (as Tête Cubiste).
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Inaugural Exhibition," 4 October 1974-15 September 1975, fig. 404, p. 291, p. 695.

Published References:
GALERIE BEYELER, Basel. Alberto Giacometti (1964), no. 22 (as "Tête Cubiste," 1934/35; erroneously listed as belonging to Kunsthaus, Zurich), ill. 15 (with painted and shellacked coating from casting process).
MICHELSON, ANNETTE. "Private but Public: The Joseph H. Hirshhorn Collection, Contemporary Sculpture," Arts Yearbook 8 (New York: Art Digest, 1965), ill. p. 186.
MEYER, FRANZ. Alberto Giacometti (Frauenfeld and Stuttgart: Verlag Huber, 1968), seen in group photo, fig. 4b (deep-cut eye; seems shellacked plaster).
LERNER, ABRAM, et al. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (New York: Abrams, 1974), fig. 404, pp. 291, 695.
WITHERS, JOSEPHINE. Julio Gonzalez: Sculpture in Iron (New York: New York University Press, 1978), ill. 134, p. 105.
EVANS, TAMARA S, ed. Alberto Giacometti and America (New York: The Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York, 1984), pp. 99, 104, 107-108.
CURTIS, PENELOPE and ALAN G. WILKINSON. Barbara Hepworth: A Retrospective (London: Tate Gallery Publications, 1994) (exhibition catalogue), ill. p. 56.
CENTRE GEORGES POMPIDOU. Alberto Giacometti: La Collection du Centre Georges Pompidou, Musee national d'art moderne (Paris: Centre Georges Pompidou / Reunion des Musees Nationaux, 1999), no. 30, pp. 108-111, ill.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection, Surrealism (European)/Postwar European