Antoni Tàpies - Contemporary Art Day Sale London Sunday, June 29, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Waddington Galleries, London

  • Exhibited

    London, Waddington Galleries Limited, Antonio Tàpies: recent paintings, 25 April-19 May, 2001

  • Literature

    Exhibition Catalogue, Waddington Galleries Limited, Antonio Tàpies: recent paintings, London, 2001, p. 19, no. 6 (illustrated); Anna Augusti, Tàpies, The Complete Works, Volume 8: 1998 - 2004, Barcelona, 2005, no. 7398, p. 196 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    “Antoni Tapies has changed the way we see, opening our eyes to the traces time leaves behind and to the transience of ordinary, everyday things. A wall that posters have been torn off of; the wood of an old door whose peeling paint testifies to the many attempts at renewal and embellishment: one suddenly sees how layers of time have superimposed themselves, and at the same time how impossible it is to hold onto the present.” (K. Bettina Müller, The Water Stain, taken from
    One of the most influential Spanish painters to come out of the 20th century, Tàpies has dabbled in almost every major art movement during his time. Working principally in Surrealist and Dadaist styles early in his career Tàpies turned to French informalism for inspiration during the 1950s and is credited with bringing abstract painting to Spain. The present lot is an example of his more recent incorporation of objects in assemblages. The wooden frame in the center combined with scribbled words, numbers, and symbols places the ordinary wooden frame in an informalist context echoing Tàpies’s early informalist paintings.  



Plaster and wooden frame on board.
150 x 150 cm. (59 x 59 in).

£150,000 - 200,000 ‡♠

Contemporary Art Day Sale

30 June 2008, 10am & 2pm