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Antoni Tapies: Political Biography

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Antoni Tapies: Political Biography by Xavier Antich

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In works that occupy a unique mid-ground between painting and sculpture, Catalan artist Antoni Tapies (1923-2012) fused the material vocabulary of Arte Povera and the gestural energy of Abstract Expressionism with the mystical sensibility of Iberian Catholicism. Tapies 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, Tapies 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 Tapies: 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 Tapies generated over the years alongside reproductions of works from across his career. Texts by artists, curators and critics discussing Tapies and the context of his oeuvre, plus a comparative chronology, are also included.

Author Biography

Xavier Antich is a philosopher and lecturer in subjects related to Aesthetic Ideas at the Universitat de Girona. He was director of the Independent Studies Programme of the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) and is currently president of the Board of Trustees of the Fundacio Antoni Tapies Gloria Domenech works in the Library and Archives dept at Fundacio Antoni Tapies, Barcelona Manel Guerrero Brullet is an essayist, art critic and curator Nuria Homs is curator at Fundacio Antoni Tapies, Barcelona Maria Dolores Jimenez Blanco is an art historian; whose main field of interest is the relationship between art and politics in 20th century Spain Xavier Montanya is a journalist and author and director of several documentaries Javier Perez Segura is Associate Professor in the Department of Art History, Faculty of Geography and History at Complutense University of Madrid, Spain
Release date NZ
August 27th, 2020
225 Illustrations, unspecified
Country of Publication
Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther Konig,Germany
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