Erker, St. Gallen


Antoni Tàpies
Das graphische Werk, L'oeuvre gravé 1947-1972


The rare, first edition of the first volume of the Antoni Tàpies catalogue raisonne of graphic works, published by Erker Verlag, St. Gallen in 1975. In incredible condition.

“Tàpies – Das graphische Werk L’oeuvre gravé 1947-1972” covers the years 1947 to 1972 and Galfetti numbers 1 to 338. 209 handsomely designed and descriptively generous pages wrapped in printed grey cloth and original dust jacket (protected in plastic). All graphics are illustrated, mostly in black and white, but also with colour plates. Created by Mariuccia Galfetti with text by Carl Vogel.

This volume is a must for Tàpies lovers, in fantastic condition!

Antoni Tàpies i Puig, 1st Marquess of Tàpies (13 December 1923 – 6 February 2012) was a Spanish painter, sculptor and art theorist, who became one of the most famous European artists of his generation.
Throughout the span of his life Antoni Tàpies has been associated with a number movements such as Art Informel and Haute Pâte or Matter Painting. He became a part of the avant-garde group Dau al Set in 1948 which was a group that had strong ties to Surrealism. Early works of his were surrealistic, but in 1953 he began working in abstract art. It is here that he becomes a part of the Art Informel movement and starts working with mixed media. Art Informel in Europe was the equivalent to Abstract Expressionism in America. This was among the most prevalent styles of art in post-war Europe. Within this movement is the category of Matter Painting. Its focus on the use of odd objects completely undermines the acts of traditional fine art. Some of Tàpies’s most famous and original works fall within this genre. They are characterized by his use of marble dust and clay that he mixed with his paints as well as the incorporation of found objects such as string, paper, and cloth. In the late 1960’s into the early 1970’s Tàpies began to be influenced by the movement of Pop Art. Because of this he began using larger items, such as pieces of furniture, in his works.

Alongside his production of pictures and objects, from 1947 onward Tàpies was active in the field of graphic work. He produced a large number of collector’s books and dossiers in close association with poets and writers such as Alberti, Bonnefoy, Du Bouchet, Brodsky, Brossa, Daive, Dupin, Foix, Frémon, Gimferrer, Guillén, Jabès, Mestres Quadreny, Mitscherlich, Paz, Saramago, Takiguchi, Ullán, Valente and Zambrano. In Tàpies’s graphic work, he is interested with the materiality of a piece. He gravitates toward avoiding traditional processes and uses everyday imagery such as handprints and footprints as his subject matter. Tàpies enjoyed working with the concepts such as “high” art and “low” art. He uses embossing, flocking, and indentations with carborundum to help in defining the flatness of printmaking. He involves much painting, drawing, and collage in his prints as well as a number of earthy materials such as straw, sand, and dirt. To achieve the innovative techniques, Tàpies worked with specific publishers and printmakers who were inspired by his unique, groundbreaking ideas. His primary publishers are La Polígrafa in Barcelona, Erker-Presse in St. Gallen, and Galerie Maeght in Paris, Zurich and Barcelona. It was very important to Tàpies for his work to reach a wider range of people. His graphic work, was therefore quite important to him in this aspect.

* Condition: Very Good/Fine (dust-jacket and book in clean, tight, fine condition wrapped in protective plastic sleeve)– All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

Antoni Tàpies - Das graphische Werk, L'oeuvre gravé, 1947-1972
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