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Alberto Giacometti, No More Play, 1931-1932, marble, wood, and bronze, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of The Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Collection, Dallas, Texas, in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the National Gallery of Art

No More Play, Giacometti

One of the great surrealist sculptors, Giacometti often incorporated themes of games and play into his early work, as with this piece. The form the artist uses here resembles a board game with moveable pieces, yet the nature of the game is unclear. The ambiguous space and unknowable rules of the “game” represented in No More Play make this piece feel like an object one might encounter in a dream.