Antoni Tapies: Political Biography


An extensive survey of Antoni Tàpies’ work, focusing on the period the Catalan artist lived under Franco’s dictatorship, between 1946 and 1975

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Xavier Antich, Glòria Domènech, Manel Guerrero, Núria Homs, María Dolores Jiménez Blanco, Xavier Montanyà, Javier Pérez Segura


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

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Weight 976 g
Dimensions 17.9 x 24.7 cm
Publisher name Walther & Franz König
Publication date 1 December 2020
Number of pages 384
Format Hardback
Dimensions 17.9 x 24.7 cm
Weight 976 g


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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 Fundació Antoni Tàpies Glòria Domènech works in the Library and Archives dept at Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona Manel Guerrero Brullet is an essayist, art critic and curator Núria Homs is curator at Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona María Dolores Jiménez Blanco is an art historian; whose main field of interest is the relationship between art and politics in 20th century Spain Xavier Montanyà is a journalist and author and director of several documentaries Javier Pérez Segura is Associate Professor in the Department of Art History, Faculty of Geography and History at Complutense University of Madrid, Spain