Antoni Tàpies  (Spanish, 1923-2012) 

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Antoni Tàpies (Spanish, 1923–2012) was a Catalan painter best known for his use of unusual materials to create paintings with a wall-like appearance. Born in Barcelona, he was encouraged at a young age to develop an interest in literature and the arts, and while studying law at Barcelona University, he started taking night classes in drawing at the Academia Valls. Two years later, in 1946 Tàpies abandoned his studies to pursue an artistic career. With the exception of some drawing classes, Tàpies was a self-taught artist, his early works mimicking the styles of Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh.

In 1948, he became one of the founding members of the Dau al Set avant-garde coalition of writers and artists who turned to Surrealism as a way of resisting the conservative aesthetic promoted by the Franco regime. After producing Surrealist-influenced works for several years, Tàpies’ works in the 1950s became increasingly Abstract and aligned with the Art Informel movement. These mature works are profoundly original in their use of obscure materials like marble dust and clay, which added texture. His 1979 essay, Nothing is Mean, defended his elevation of base materials into art objects, becoming an influential document of 20th century avant-garde art. Tàpies experimented with many media and techniques, and earned an international reputation as one of the most original artists of the 20th century.

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Antoni Tàpies, Une vase de terre crue et le T du nom de Tàpies, pl. 2 (+ Untitled; 2 Works)

 

Antoni Tàpies
Une vase de terre crue et le T du nom de Tàpies, pl. 2 (+ Untitled; 2 Works)
1988
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Antoni Tàpies, Aparicions 5 (from Aparicions)

 

Antoni Tàpies
Aparicions 5 (from Aparicions)
1982
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Antoni Tàpies, Dos signos negros (Two black signs)

 

Antoni Tàpies
Dos signos negros (Two black signs)
1968

Auction: Apr 29, 2014
Stockholms Auktionsverk
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Antoni Tàpies, Sans titre

 

Antoni Tàpies
Sans titre
1970

Simon Capstick-Dale Fine Art
Antoni Tàpies, La tasse

 

Antoni Tàpies
La tasse
1976-1978

Auction: Apr 27, 2014
Perrin, Royere, Lajeunesse - Versailles Enchères
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Antoni Tàpies, Grafismes sobre papel color oliva amb esquincats

 

Antoni Tàpies
Grafismes sobre papel color oliva amb esquincats
1966

Auction: Apr 28, 2014
Bukowskis Stockholm
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Antoni Tàpies, 1 Kilo amb Mitjons

 

Antoni Tàpies
1 Kilo amb Mitjons
1977

Nicholas Gallery
Antoni Tàpies, Ohne Titel (Rote Form auf bräunlichem Grund)

 

Antoni Tàpies
Ohne Titel (Rote Form auf bräunlichem Grund)
Auction: May 3, 2014
Auktionshaus Kiefer
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Antoni Tàpies, Ohne Titel (A) (from Un fragment de statue dans l'herbe d'un enclos encore désert)

 

Antoni Tàpies
Ohne Titel (A) (from Un fragment de statue dans l'herbe d'un enclos encore désert)
1984

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Antoni Tàpies, Esperit catala I

 

Antoni Tàpies
Esperit catala I, 1974
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Antoni Tàpies, Suite Catalana, Las Estampas de la Cometa (set of 5 works)

 

Antoni Tàpies
Suite Catalana, Las Estampas de la Cometa (set of 5 works), 1972
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Antoni Tàpies, One Plate, from: Nocturn Matinal

 

Antoni Tàpies
One Plate, from: Nocturn Matinal, 1970
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1923   Born in Barcelona, Spain
1944 - 1946   Studied Law at the Law University of Barcelona, Spain
1950   Awarded a scholarship by the French government, spent one year in Paris, France
1951   Won the Academia Breve Prize, Barcelona, Spain
1953   Won the Sao Paulo Biennale Prize, Sao Paulo, Brazil
1958   Won the Carnegie Institute First Prize, Pittsburgh, PA
1964   Won the Guggenheim Foundation Prize, New York, NY
1972   Won the Rubens Prize of Siegen, Germany
1983   Received the Gold Medal from the Catalan Government, Spain
1992   Became member of the Royal Academy of Arts, London, Uk and of the Academy of Arts and Sciences, Cambridge, MA
1993   Was awarded the Leone d'Oro, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
2012   Tàpies, Image, Body, Pathos, Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland (solo)
2012   Antoni Tàpies, The Collection, # 2, Fundacion Antoni, Tàpies, Barcelona, Spain (solo)
2012   Antoni Tàpies, The Collection, # 3. Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona, Spain (solo)
2012   Antoni Tàpies, Fundación Cristino de Vera, Tenerife (solo)
2011   Antoni Tàpies, Galerie Lelong, Paris, France (solo)
2010   Antoni Tàpies, Obra Gráfica, Galería de Fernando Santos, Portugal (solo)
2010   Antoni Tàpies, Mira la mà... Fundació Palau, Centre d’art, Caldes d’Estrac, Spain (solo)
2010   Antoni Tàpies, Collection, Fundacion Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona, Spain (solo)
2010   Antoni Tàpies, Waddington Galleries, London, UK (solo)
2010   Antoni Tàpies, Galeria Toni Tàpies, Barcelona, Spain (solo)
2010   Antoni Tàpies, Museo delle Arti Catanzaro (MARCA), Catanzaro, Italy (solo)
2009   Antoni Tàpies, The Resources of Rhetoric, Dia Beacon, New York, USA (solo)
2008   Kunstmuseum, St. Gallen, Switzerland
2006   Waddington Galleries, London, UK
2004   Tàpies. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain (solo)
Antoni Tàpies: Una arquitectura de lo visible, Fundación Marcelino Botín, Santander, Spain (solo)
Antoni Tàpies. Retrospectiva, MACBA, Barcelona, Spain (solo)
2003   Tàpies. Werke auf Papier 1943-2003, Kunsthalle in Emden, Emden, Germany (solo)
Antoni Tàpies. Cos i llenguatge, Fundació Antoni Tàpies i Diputació de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain (solo)
L'univers obert d'Antoni Tàpies, Centre d'Art la Panera, Lleida, Spain (solo)
Galerie Lelong, Paris, France (solo)
Galeria Toni Tàpies, Barcelona, Spain (solo)
Pace Wildenstein, New York, NY (solo)
Waddington Galleries, London, UK (solo)
Galería Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid, Spain (solo)
2002   Musée Picasso, Antibes, France (solo)
Centro Cultural de Cascais, Fundação D. Luís I, Cascais, Portugal (solo)
Galería Elvira González, Madrid, Spain (solo)
Sala de Cultura García Castañón, Caja Navarra, Pamplona, Spain (solo)
Sala de Exposiciones Ignacio Zuloaga, Fuendetodos, Spain (solo)
Musée de Millau, Millau, France (solo)
Galeria Fernando Santos, Lisboa, Portugal (solo)
2000   Retrospectiva, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain (solo)
Galerie Biedermann, Munich, Germany
1998   Galerie Biedermann, Munich, Germany
1996   Face à l'Histoire. L'artiste moderne devant l'événement historique, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
1995   Kunsthandel Wolfgang Werner KG, Berlin, Germany
1994   Galerie Biedermann, Munich, Germany
1992   Retrospective, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (solo)
1990   Retrospective, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain (solo)
Galerie Biedermann, Munich, Germany
1987   Le Siècle de Picasso, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France
1985   Retrospective, Museum voor Moderne Kunst Brussels, Belgium (solo)
1981   Galerie Biedermann, Munich, Germany
1980   Retrospective, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (solo)
1976   Galerie Biedermann, Munich, Germany
1974   Soft-art. Weich und Plastisch, Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland
Retrospective, Nationalgalerie Berlin, Berlin, Germany (solo)
1970   Selections from the Guggenheim Museum, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
1967   Vom Bauhaus bis zur Gegenwart, Kunstverein Hamburg, Germany
1965   Retrospective, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, UK (solo)
40 Key Artists of the Mid-20th Century, Institute of Art Detroit, MI
1962   Retrospective, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY (solo)
1961   New Europeans, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX
1960   New Spanish Painting and Sculpture, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1958   XXIX Biennale Internazionale d'Arte, Venice, Italy
1955   The Pittsburgh International Exhibition of Contemporary Painting, Department of Fine Arts, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA
  Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, Bilbao, Spain
  Städel Museum, Frankfurt, Germany
  National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland
  Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
  Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.
  Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
  Guggenheim Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain
  Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, KS
  Tate Gallery, London, UK
  Reina Sofía National Museum, Madrid, Spain
  Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
  Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
  Museu d'Art Contemporani, Barcelona, Spain
  Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Trento, Italy
  Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN
  Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan