Antoni TAPIES |
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Spain 1923 - 2012
Antoni Tàpies was born in Barcelona in 1923, dies at 88 years of age, 6 February 2012, in Barcelona.
Catalan painter and graphic artist who began his career as a surrealist with no formal training.
Co-founder of the group centred around the magazine 'Dau al Set' in Barcelona. In 1950-51 he went on a French government scolarship to Paris and in 1953 visited New York for his first American exhibition. He has won numerous prizes including the prize for painting at the 1958 Venice Biennale. Tapies was influenced by Dubuffet and Miro and he became very aware of the heritage he shared with Miro (there are considerable similarities between the two artists' prints of the late 1960's).
Characteristic work by Tapies includes paintings with thickly impastoed, scratched or scraped paint in a dramatic style with austere imagery and earthy colour. All this may relate strongly to the character of the spanish countryside. In the mid-1950's Tapies became concerned with the physical evidence of man's journey through his environment. His work increasingly began to emulate the decay and ware through time or defacement of doors and walls. He used areas of sand and plaster to create an impression of this evolving history.
Tapies began producing lithographs in 1959. These were often embossed to create a similar relief or tactile effect as that found in his paintings. He often tore and layered his prints and by opening up the picture plane he began to explore the idea of creating an unknown area or space much like Lucio Fontana's work of that time. His roughly manipulated surfaces became increasingly layered with graffiti, the letters and words becoming entangled and indiscernible.
Tapies began etching in the late 1960's. Most of his prints were published by Galerie Maeght in Paris or Salsa Gaspar in Barcelona. He also illustrated a great number of books in which the prints are occasionally folded, torn or collaged.
Tapies is widely considered to be the most important post-war Spanish artist and his work has achieved international acclaim. Recently he has produced heavy clay sculptures of everyday objects such as baths and chairs ...
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