Antoni Tàpies

Antoni Tàpies

Antoni Tàpies (b. 1923, Barcelona, Spain – d. 2012, Barcelona, Spain) has for six decades refined a visual language inspired by a wide range of sources that coalesce into a complex fusion of materials, gestures, and symbols. His explorations of Surrealist imagery early in his career served as the foundation for an ongoing investigation of the nature of physical objects and their materiality. Tàpies’ work embodies his extensive personal experience and history, as well as that of his native Spain and specifically Catalonia. As Tàpies’ use of tangible materials for making art emphasize physical transformation, spiritual transformation is evoked through signs and symbols drawn from Eastern and Western cultures. Tàpies has participated in three Venice Biennale exhibitions (1952, 1954, 1958) prior to being selected to represent Spain at the 45th Venice Biennale in 1993, during which he was presented with the Biennale’s Award for Painting.

Images
marble dust, synthetic resin, spray paint, and pencil on wood, 106-3/8" x 86-5/8" (270 cm x 220 cm).
Lotus, 2003-2004marble dust, synthetic resin, spray paint, and pencil on wood, 106-3/8" x 86-5/8" (270 cm x 220 cm).
paint and pencil on wood, 63-3/4" x 51-1/8" (162 cm x 130 cm).
Boca sobre torspaint and pencil on wood, 63-3/4" x 51-1/8" (162 cm x 130 cm).
acrylic paint and collage on wood, 76-3/4" x 51-1/4" (194.9 cm x 130.2 cm).
Figura sobre marróacrylic paint and collage on wood, 76-3/4" x 51-1/4" (194.9 cm x 130.2 cm).
paint on wood, 32" x 39-1/2" (81.3 cm x 100.3 cm).
Pren el te, 2007paint on wood, 32" x 39-1/2" (81.3 cm x 100.3 cm).
ink and paint on paper, 22-1/8" x 29-7/8" (56.2 cm x 75.9 cm).
Sinuós = 1ink and paint on paper, 22-1/8" x 29-7/8" (56.2 cm x 75.9 cm).
ink and pencil on paper, 27-3/4" x 39-3/8" (70.5 cm x 100 cm).
X i empremtesink and pencil on paper, 27-3/4" x 39-3/8" (70.5 cm x 100 cm).
paint and pencil on paper, 47-1/4" x 31-1/2" (120 cm x 80 cm).
T negra inclinadapaint and pencil on paper, 47-1/4" x 31-1/2" (120 cm x 80 cm).
charcoal and oil pastel on paper, 19-3/4" x 27-3/4" (50.2 cm x 70.5 cm).
Perfil i creucharcoal and oil pastel on paper, 19-3/4" x 27-3/4" (50.2 cm x 70.5 cm).
paint and pencil on paper, 19-11/16" x 22-13/16" (50 cm x 58 cm).
Safatapaint and pencil on paper, 19-11/16" x 22-13/16" (50 cm x 58 cm).

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Lotus, 2003-2004 marble dust, synthetic resin, spray paint, and pencil on wood, 106-3/8" x 86-5/8" (270 cm x 220 cm).