Published by Walther König, Köln. Text by Xavier Antich, Manuel Borja Villel, Fląvia Company, Manel Guerrero, Carles Guerra, Cląudia Grego.
In works that occupy a unique midground between painting and sculpture, Catalan artist Antoni Tąpies (19232012) fused the material vocabulary of Arte Povera and the gestural energy of abstract expressionism with the mystical sensibility of Iberian Catholicism. Tąpies showed a preference for an austere palate and unconventional materials reflecting the limited resources of his political environment. He spent three decades of his long productive career in Barcelona, where he lived and died, under the dictatorship of Francisco Franco. In that time, Tąpies confronted many of the paradoxes a creative artist faces under an authoritarian and anti-intellectual regime. In painting, sculpture, writing and other mediums, his work existed in conversation with the currents of contemporary art in the West while within the strictures of an oppressive state. Antoni Tąpies: Political Biography illuminates the artist's responses to the conditions of his native Catalonia, reproducing documents such as letters, manifestoes and samples of the media reception Tąpies generated over the years alongside reproductions of works from across his career. Texts by artists, curators and critics discussing Tąpies and the context of his oeuvre, plus a comparative chronology, are also included.
Published by MER. Paper Kunsthalle. Preface by Walter Hartsarich. Introduction by Daniela Ferretti. Text by Toni Tapičs, Axel Vervoordt, Natascha Hébert.
Antoni Tąpies (19232012) was a lifelong collector of both contemporary and ancient art, and, as the symbolism that recurs throughout his paintings, drawings and sculptures attests, he constantly sought links between cultures, religions and epochs. This volume, organized by Tąpies family a year after his death, juxtaposes a selection of artworks from across the breadth of his career with paintings and prints from his collection, by artists such as Joan Miró, Paul Klee, Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst, Kazuo Shiraga, Franz Kline, Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, Louise Bourgeois and Jannis Kounellis, and with ancient Cycladic, Indian, Asian and African sculptures, textiles, calligraphy and paintings. These juxtapositions highlight the continuity of Tąpies philosophical preoccupations and the profound resonances of his own art across cultures.
PUBLISHER MER. Paper Kunsthalle
BOOK FORMAT Hardcover, 9.25 x 11.25 in. / 224 pgs / 120 color.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 3/31/2014 Out of stock indefinitely
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2014 p. 113
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9789491775079TRADE List Price: $60.00 CDN $79.00
Published by La Fįbrica/Fundació Antoni Tąpies/Museu Nacional dArt de Catalunya. Edited by Vicente Todolķ. Introduction by Laurence Rassel, Pepe Serra. Text by Antoni Tąpies, Dawn Ades, Barry Schwabsky.
Tąpies from Within presents about 100 works from the artists studio and from the Fundació Antoni Tąpies collection. Accompanying a major touring exhibition in Europe, it guides us through Tąpies entire career, from the first Surrealist-inspired paintings of the 1940s, produced during his participation in the Dau al Set group, to works made shortly before his death in 2011. Thanks to the collaboration of the Tąpies family, Tąpies from Within offers the most intimate portrait yet published of the painters working environs, reproducing for the first time works that had remained virtually unseen or even unknown. As this volume makes plain, from almost the outset Tąpies was committed to a materialist vision of materials and forms, which in the 1950s led him to make the celebrated "matter" paintings that earned him his international reputation. Rubble, mud, oil stains and graffiti all made their way onto Tąpies canvases, which proposed abstraction as a "concretion" of the world rather than a transcendence of it (his signature crosses being "crossings-out" and not religious symbols): "choosing the earth over the vagaries of the spirit," as he writes in an accompanying essay here. Full of superbly reproduced color plates, Tąpies from Within offers an important overview of this major force in postwar abstraction.
Published by Ediciones Polķgrafa. Text by Youssef Ishaghpour.
Antoni Tąpies was born in 1923 to a Barcelona family of publishers and booksellers. He began drawing and painting as a young man, during a convalescence, and in the end gave up studying law to concentrate on art. By the 1940s, in his 20s, Tąpies was already exhibiting widely. As an early Matter painter, he added dirt and other solids to his canvases, transmuting them into art and reminding viewers of the earth to which they would return. Later, in the era of Arte Povera, he worked in foam rubber and spray, varnishes and, for creating objects or sculptures, refractory clay and bronze. Coming from a bookish family, he also produced a number of artist's books and editions, working with collaborators such as Joseph Brodsky and José Saramago. This collection of the artist's writings is available here for the first time in English. An interview with Manuel Borja-Villel, Director of the MACBA in Spain, completes the volume.
Published by Ediciones Polķgrafa. Foreword by Nuria Enguita Mayo.
As a young man, Antoni Tapies set out to study law; less than two years later, he had declared himself a painter. Born in 1923, he dabbled in Surrealism under the influence of Paul Klee and Joan Miro but soon become an Abstract Expressionist, first in the context of Arte Povera and then as an early--defining--practitioner of mixed media, stirring clay and marble dust into his work and adding cloth, string and paper. He became one of Spain's greatest artists, and one of his generation's greatest, winner of the Venice Biennale's Golden Lion and the subject of Guggenheim and Jeu de Paume retrospectives. This eighth volume of his catalogue raisonne assembles his most recent work, from 1998 to 2004. In recent years he has consolidated and condensed an artistic language that expresses in visual terms, first, his conception of art, and, second, intimate philosophical concerns to which he has returned with the passage of time. His forms, despite their ductility, remain faithful to their origins: these works are at once of the moment, of the contemporary world, and a record, an analysis, of his career.
Published by Ediciones Polķgrafa. Artwork by Antoni Tąpies. Text by Jean Fremon.
This seventh volume in the definitive catalogue of the complete works of Spanish abstract expressionist Antoni Tąpies further expands on the artist's important contribution to the aesthetics of the 20th century. In the first half of the 90s we find a new representation of Tąpies's refractory clay sculptures, as well as objects and sculptures in which he experimented with new materials, such as bronze or metal sheets, also sometimes used as pictorial supports.
Published by Ediciones Polķgrafa. Essay by Miquel Tapies. Foreword by Serge Guilbaut. Catalog compiled by Anna Agusti.
Antoni Tapies' contribution to the aesthetics of the 20th century can be understood through his particular treatment of texture and material, a sensibility that has lent his paintings the unmistakably rich, mottled, and ancient character of a Spanish wall. Walls block access and vision, but also provide a backdrop for graffiti and the effects of the passing of time, and Tapies' consistent use of this motif and the magical assortment of materials through which it is conveyed encompass his endeavor to depict the continuity of physical matter. The fifth volume in this definitive catalogue of his complete works presents Tapies' output between 1982 and 1985, a brief but prolific period during which, despite the predominance of Neo-Expressionism, his influence continued to spread and his work was acknowledged by younger generations.