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Antoni Tapies



 


 

Antoni Tapies

b. 1923, Barcelona

Antoni Tąpies was born December 13, 1923, in Barcelona. His adolescence was disrupted by the Spanish Civil War and a serious illness that lasted two years. Tąpies began to study law in Barcelona in 1944 but decided instead within two years to devote himself exclusively to art. He was essentially self-taught as a painter; the few art classes he attended left little impression on him. Shortly after deciding to become an artist, he began attending clandestine meetings of the Blaus, an iconoclastic group of Catalan artists and writers who produced the review Dau al Set.

Tąpies’s early work was influenced by the art of Max Ernst, Paul Klee, and Joan Mirу, and by Eastern philosophy. His art was exhibited for the first time in the controversial Salo d’Octubre in Barcelona in 1948. He soon began to develop a recognizable personal style related to matičre painting, or Art Informe, a movement that focused on the materials of art-making. The approach resulted in textural richness, but its more important aim was the exploration of the transformative qualities of matter. Tąpies freely adopted bits of detritus, earth, and stone—mediums that evoke solidity and mass—in his large-scale works.

In 1950, his first solo show was held at the Galeries Laietanes, Barcelona, and he was included in the Carnegie International in Pittsburgh. That same year, the French government awarded Tąpies a scholarship that enabled him to spend a year in Paris. His first solo show in New York was presented in 1953 at the gallery of Martha Jackson, who arranged for his work to be shown the following year in various parts of the United States. During the 1950s and 1960s, Tąpies exhibited in major museums and galleries throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, and South America. In 1966, he began his collection of writings, La practica de l’art. In 1969, he and the poet Joan Brossa published their book, Frčgoli; a second collaborative effort, Nocturn Matinal, appeared the following year. Tąpies received the Rubens Prize of Siegen, Germany, in 1972.

Retrospective exhibitions were presented at the Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris, in 1973 and at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, in 1977. The following year, he published his prize-winning autobiography, Memņria personal. In the early 1980s, he continued diversifying his mediums, producing his first ceramic sculptures and designing sets for Jacques Dupin’s play L’Eboulement. By 1992, three volumes of the catalogue raisonné of Tąpies’s work had been published. The following year, he and Cristina Iglesias represented Spain at the Venice Biennale, where his installation was awarded the Leone d’Oro. A retrospective exhibition was presented at the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris, and the Guggenheim Museum SoHo, New York, in 1994–95. Tąpies lives in Barcelona.

 

 

 


Great Painting
1958


 

Grey and Green Painting

1957


 

Pasted Cloth

1976



 

Grey Ochre

1958



 

The Sieve

1972



 

Cartography

1976



 

Large India Ink

1964


 

Poems from the Catalan 3

1973


 

Paper cremat

1975


 

Esperit Catala I

1974


 

Miranda


 

Variations XI: Cherubins

1983


 

Variations XI: Cannage

1983


 

Variations XI: Chaise

1983


 

Aus der Mappe 'Suite


 

Cartes per la Teresa XXX

1974


 

Cartes per la Teresa XLI

1974


 

Gris con banda oblicua
1961


 

Capsa D'ulleres


 

Ohne Titel


 

Dentelle

1977


 

"A" efface

1974


 

Scotch

1974


 

Grande Chaise

1984


 

Relieve blanco con dibujos y letras

1975


 

Forms I vernis
1986


 

Mitjo i petjada


 

Impresiones de escuadra

1980


 

Composicio amb terra
 

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