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Texts by authors other than Gleizes

(unless otherwise specified the texts are by the site organiser, Peter Brooke) 

Henri GIRIAT: L'oeuvre de René et Jacqueline Dürrbach (in French)
In 2008-9 the Whitechapel Gallery in London hosted a major show based on Picasso's Guernica. It included a tapestry version of the painting which had been installed outside the room where the United Nations Security Council met. The main focus of the show was on its political implications and little or nothing was said about the tapestry as a work of art in its own right. It had in fact been woven by Jacqueline Dürrbach who, with her husband René Dürrbach, were closely associated with Gleizes. René Dürrbach had a distinguished career in sculpture and stained glass (examples of his work can be seen in the Pictures by artists other than Gleizes section of the present website). Henri Giriat knew both artists well and collaborated in working out the symbolic scheme of some of René Dürrbach's windows - notably the ensemble at Charleville-Mézières based on Giriat's contemplation of the Mother of God - EVA-AVE. This article was written as an obituary at the time of René's death and published by the Association des Amis d'Albert Gleizes in 1999.
Henri GIRIAT: D'une lignée de transmission: Genevieve de Cissey Dalban (1926-2002) (In French)
Henri Giriat's obituary for the potter in Ampuis, South of Vienne in the Rhone Valley, who was my own teacher in the principles of pictorial construction developed by Albert Gleizes. Examples of her work can be seen in the Pictures by artists other than Gleizes section of the present website.
Two Philosopher Painters, Albert Gleizes and Kasimir Malevich
For both Gleizes and Malevich, the rejection of imitative painting was a rejection of the metaphysical pre-supposition of the physical sciences that the reality of the world can be known from its appearances. For Malevich, this is a source of despair; for Gleizes, it is the necessary pre-requisite for re-asserting our own, human reality and, consequently, a source of strength.
Letter to Arthur Miller
A commentary on Arthur Miller's book Einstein - Picasso: Space, Time and the beauty that causes havoc, Basic Books, New York, 2001. It picks up on some of the same themes - the relations between art and science and the influence of Ernst Mach - as the preceding essay on Malevich.
Futurism at the Tate
A review of the Futurism exhibition shown in the Tate Modern in 2009.The review criticises in some detail the account given in the catalogue of relations between the Futurists and Cubists in Paris prior to the First World War.