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Luxembourg & Dayan New York is hosting sculpture exhibit Intimate Immensity: Alberto Giacometti Sculptures, 1935-1945,” the first United States exhibition dedicated exclusively to the artist’s cycle of very small human figures created in France and Switzerland during the Second World War. Evolving against a backdrop of unprecedented sociopolitical upheaval, this unique body of work represents a profoundly transformative phase of Giacometti’s career: at no more than three inches tall and as thin as nails, these works reveal the path that led the artist to the elongated figures for which he became famous in the final two decades of his life. In spite of their size, or perhaps precisely because of it, the figures in ‘Intimate Immensity’ are monumental in their presence, expressing Giacometti’s desire to withdraw from what he called ‘natural size’ in order to best represent his own perception of scale and experience. In addition to his sculptures, the exhibition will include a never before exhibited casket that Giacometti created from a matchbox to serve as a case for one of these figures. “Intimate Immensity” draws its title from a passage in Gaston Bachelard’s philosophical treatise, The Poetics of Space (1958), a meditation upon the ways in which private domestic space can become a limitless universe of psychological experience and creative discovery. In his statement that “immensity in the intimate domain is intensity, an intensity of being, the intensity of a being evolving in a vast perspective of intimate immensity,’ one finds insight into Giacometti’s experience of the war years. His sculptures from this period express a sentiment of infinite regression, one in which reality is constantly pulling away and can be seen only from a distance.