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Antoni Tàpies *


(Barcelona 1923–2012)
Pila de palla (Pile of straw), 1970, signed on the reverse, mixed media on canvas, 73.5 x 92 cm, framed

This work is registered in the Archivio of the Fundació
Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona and is accompanied by a photo certificate of authenticity

Provenance:
Martha Jackson Gallery, New York (certificate available)
Galleria Toninelli, Rome
Private Collection, Italy
European Private Collection

Literature:
A. Agusti, Tàpies. The Complete Works, vol. III, 1969–1975, Barcelona 2002, p. 110, no. 2116 with ill.

Antoni Tàpies was born in Barcelona on 13 December 1923. His adolescence was marred by the Spanish Civil War, as well as a serious illness which lasted two years. Tàpies began to read law in Barcelona in 1944; two years later, however, he had dedicated himself exclusively to art. He was essentially a self-taught painter: the few art courses he attended left no great impression on him. Shortly after embarking on an artistic career, he began to attend the secret meetings of the Els Blaus (the Blues, formed in 1946), an iconoclastic group of Catalan writers and artists.

Initially attracted by the art of Max Ernst, Paul Klee, Juan Miró, as well as the work of Eastern philosophers, Tàpies then moved towards Art Informel (matièrisme), in which he soon developed a very personal style centred on the exploration of the transformative quality of materials.

To reconcile the difficulties of life under the Franco regime and vocalise the urgent need to express his own political stance, Tàpies wrote his memoirs over the course of a decade. These were published in 1977 – at the end of the Franco regime and the beginning of Spain’s transition to democracy.
The polysemy and ambiguity of the signs in the artist’s work have made interpretation even more complicated. The result is a rich body of work, formally attractive and open to new interpretations; a body of work that, towards the end of the Franco regime, became an icon of political commitment.

Works such as Pila de Palla show how one can be modern whilst subject to a fascist regime which systematically stifled every sign of freedom associated with critical modernity: mostly in Catalonia where, between 1966 and 1977, there was an intense process of mobilisation against the Franco regime. All this makes Tàpies’ work the site where the viewer becomes a citizen, willing to turn aesthetic interests into political motifs. Yet, seen today, against the current political conditions facing Catalonia, many of those paintings evoke a feeling that history is repeating itself. Works like Pila de Palla aspire to retain their relevance in relation to the viewer’s present reality.

‘I now understood that, all told, the condition as a solitary bird, as an independent rebel that artists need to assume at times painfully, may also lie at the core of the freedom and hope that inspire so many ideas that turn to militancy.’
Antoni Tàpies

27.11.2018 - 18:00

Dosažená cena: **
EUR 106.250,-
Odhadní cena:
EUR 90.000,- do EUR 120.000,-

Antoni Tàpies *


(Barcelona 1923–2012)
Pila de palla (Pile of straw), 1970, signed on the reverse, mixed media on canvas, 73.5 x 92 cm, framed

This work is registered in the Archivio of the Fundació
Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona and is accompanied by a photo certificate of authenticity

Provenance:
Martha Jackson Gallery, New York (certificate available)
Galleria Toninelli, Rome
Private Collection, Italy
European Private Collection

Literature:
A. Agusti, Tàpies. The Complete Works, vol. III, 1969–1975, Barcelona 2002, p. 110, no. 2116 with ill.

Antoni Tàpies was born in Barcelona on 13 December 1923. His adolescence was marred by the Spanish Civil War, as well as a serious illness which lasted two years. Tàpies began to read law in Barcelona in 1944; two years later, however, he had dedicated himself exclusively to art. He was essentially a self-taught painter: the few art courses he attended left no great impression on him. Shortly after embarking on an artistic career, he began to attend the secret meetings of the Els Blaus (the Blues, formed in 1946), an iconoclastic group of Catalan writers and artists.

Initially attracted by the art of Max Ernst, Paul Klee, Juan Miró, as well as the work of Eastern philosophers, Tàpies then moved towards Art Informel (matièrisme), in which he soon developed a very personal style centred on the exploration of the transformative quality of materials.

To reconcile the difficulties of life under the Franco regime and vocalise the urgent need to express his own political stance, Tàpies wrote his memoirs over the course of a decade. These were published in 1977 – at the end of the Franco regime and the beginning of Spain’s transition to democracy.
The polysemy and ambiguity of the signs in the artist’s work have made interpretation even more complicated. The result is a rich body of work, formally attractive and open to new interpretations; a body of work that, towards the end of the Franco regime, became an icon of political commitment.

Works such as Pila de Palla show how one can be modern whilst subject to a fascist regime which systematically stifled every sign of freedom associated with critical modernity: mostly in Catalonia where, between 1966 and 1977, there was an intense process of mobilisation against the Franco regime. All this makes Tàpies’ work the site where the viewer becomes a citizen, willing to turn aesthetic interests into political motifs. Yet, seen today, against the current political conditions facing Catalonia, many of those paintings evoke a feeling that history is repeating itself. Works like Pila de Palla aspire to retain their relevance in relation to the viewer’s present reality.

‘I now understood that, all told, the condition as a solitary bird, as an independent rebel that artists need to assume at times painfully, may also lie at the core of the freedom and hope that inspire so many ideas that turn to militancy.’
Antoni Tàpies


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Aukce: Post-War e Současné umění I
Datum: 27.11.2018 - 18:00
Místo konání aukce: Vídeň | Palais Dorotheum
Prohlídka: 17.11. - 27.11.2018


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