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

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  • Provenance

    Sala Gaspar, Barcelona

  • Exhibited

    Stockholm, Galerie Pierre, 1962; Barcelona, Galeria d’Arte

  • Literature

    Joan Teixidor, Antonio Tàpies. Fustes,  papers, cartons I ‘collage’, Barcelona, 1964, p. 102 (illustrated); Anna Augusti, Tàpies, The Complete Works, Volume I: 1943-1960, Barcelona, 1988, no. 911, p. 475 (illustrated); Exhibition Catalogue, Galerie Pierre, Stockholm, 1962, no. 2 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present lot by Spanish born artist Antonio Tàpies is a perfect example of Tàpies’s time spent working in an arte povera manner. The simplicity of materials including the incorporation of cardboard reveals how Tàpies and other artists’ “work with impoverished materials was a conscious transgression against an idea of art being on the side of social representation and wealth. They sought to reanimate the spiritual foundations of art that had been lost for centuries, since the end of sacral art. By using the simplest things, they were also looking for a directness in dealing with the world that wanted to comprehend the physically made once more, from the very beginning.” (K. Bettina Müller, The Water Stain, 2002 taken from


Cardboard with black strokes

Paint and pencil on torn cardboard mounted on canvas.
65 x 81 cm. (25 5/8 x 31 7/8 in).
Signed and dated on the reverse 'Tapies 1969'.

£120,000 - 180,000 ‡♠

Contemporary Art Day Sale

30 June 2008, 10am & 2pm