Thursday, April 12, 2012

Man in a box

Best lookalike artist studio, miniature division? Got to be Charles Matton's recreation of Alberto Giacometti’s sculpture studio in a demanding 1:7 scale. To begin with Matton produced his tiny worlds to photograph, but later the small glass fronted boxes (each around 600 to 900cms high) were exhibited in their own right. He worked from photographs (in Bacon’s case from the famous Michael Haltz images) and his recreations included an homage to Edward Hopper, Freud’s study in Vienna and Marcel Proust’s library. Matton died in 2008. And yes, there is a book.
Images: Matton does the studios of top left Giacometti, right Bacon and bottom Lucien Freud