26 June 2013
Antoni Tàpies (1923-2012)
signed 'tàpies' (on the reverse)
mixed media on wood
78¾ x 68 7⁄8in. (200 x 175cm.)
Executed in 1999
Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner in 2004.
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A. Agustí, Tàpies: Obra Completa 1998 - 2004, vol. 8é, Barcelona 2005, no. 7297 (illustrated in colour, p. 143).
Bilbao, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Homenaje a Chillida, 2006 (illustrated in colour, p. 255).
'Like a researcher in his laboratory,' Tàpies observed, 'I am the first spectator of the suggestions drawn from the materials. I unleash their expressive possibilities, even if I do not have a very clear idea of what I am going to do. As I go along with my work I formulate my thought, and from this struggle between what I want and the reality of the material - from this tension - is born an equilibrium.'
(A. Tàpies, quoted in 'I am a Catalan', 1971, reproduced in K. Stiles and P. Selz, Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art, Berkeley 1996, p. 55)
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