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Sylvester compared the process of revision evident in Giacometti''s paintings and sculptures, to the process of developing an argument. One puts forward a thesis, becomes aware of the opposing view, tries to incorporate that view, and so finds a new balance. ''Each day''s work [for Giacometti]'', Sylvester wrote, ''seemed an attempt to reconcile the contradictions between what had been got so far and what emerged as he went on looking.''

September 2004