Antoni Tàpies: Revulsion and Desire




An exhibition of works by celebrated Catalan artist Antoni Tàpies (1923–2012) many of which have never been shown outside of Spain before. Emerging in the period between 1999 until the artist’s death, these late works, often monumental in size, reveal the artist at his most vigorous.

As early as 1955, Antoni Tàpies declared: “If forms are not capable of wounding, irritating or inducing society to meditate, to make it realise how backward it is, if they are not a revulsive, then they are not authentic works of art.” This position is evident in the works he produced throughout his long and prolific career, not least of all the explicitly confrontational, ambiguous works produced after 2000.

Tàpies believed that an artist’s responsibility was to interpret the contemporary situation. Now more than ever, these late works seem to demand a reflection on the human condition. In bringing us directly back to the body, in confrontational works that suggest violence, sex, bodily excrement – the abject – Tàpies undermines the ease of disassociation our screen-based culture has produced.

 

Duration 16 February 2017 - 18 March 2017
Times Tuesday to Friday 10am–6pm, Saturday 11am–5pm, Monday by appointment
Cost Free
Venue Timothy Taylor
Address 15 Bolton Street, London, W1J 8BG
Contact 442074093344 / mail@timothytaylor.com / www.timothytaylor.com/

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