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Antoni Tàpies
Antoni Tàpies, 19 January4 March 2023, London

Timothy Taylor is delighted to present a solo exhibition of paintings and works on paper by Antoni Tàpies (1923-2012) in honour of the late Catalan artist’s 100th birthday. The works, dating from 1989 to 2008, express spiritual decay and rebirth in blackened paintings that reveal the eternal. The exhibition is curated by Natasha Hébert, the artist’s daughter-in-law.

Stony canvases like thousand-year-old mountains, ragged graffiti, and archaic symbols evoking the mysterious marks of a lost ancient tribe establish Tàpies’s ferocious contributions to post-war abstraction. Prefiguring the work of Arte Povera by decades, Tàpies found meaning in the humblest grains of sand, ‘the salt of the earth’, in rough-hewn paintings that illuminate the origins of life and death in a time in which religion had lost its resonance and violence cruelly divided the European continent. Tàpies’s paintings speak poignantly to our own uneasy present under a splintered global order, and remain a powerful influence on later artists who sought to embody the spiritual emptiness unleashed by the post-war period, such as Jannis Kounellis, Anselm Kiefer, and Julian Schnabel.

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Antoni Tàpies – Timothy Taylor