MASTERWORKS FROM THE COLLECTION

OF ANTONI TÀPIES

On view at Christie’s King Street from 29 September 2017 with highlights touring to Christie’s Rockefeller Center, New York (12 September), Hong Kong (18 to 21 September) and Madrid (19 to 20 September).

 

On view at Christie’s King Street from 29 September 2017 with highlights touring to Christie’s Rockefeller Center, New York (12 September), Hong Kong (18 to 21 September) and Madrid (19 to 20 September).

Cartography 1976 Antoni Tapies 1923-2012 Purchased 1981 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/P07571

This autumn Christie’s will present Masterworks from the Collection ofAntoni Tàpies, one of the most famous Post-War artists of his generation who was celebrated for his exploration of the spirituality of the material world.  Featuring artists including Alberto Giacometti, Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso and Mark Rothko, works from his collection will star in the Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction (6 October 2017), Up Close (3 October 2017) and forthcoming Impressionist and Modern Art Auctions in February 2018.  Masterworks from the Collection of Antoni Tàpies will be on view at Christie’s King Street from 29 September 2017 with highlights touring to Christie’s Rockefeller Center, New York (12 September), Hong Kong (18 to 21 September) and Madrid (19 to 20 September).

 

Guillermo Cid Pardo, Specialist, Christie’s: ‘We are delighted to be offering this stunning group of works from the personal collection of Antoni Tàpies. Named by Michel Tapié one of the four founders of the Art Informel movement – alongside Willem de Kooning, Jean Dubuffet and Lucio Fontana – Tàpies is undoubtedly one of the leading artists of his generation. In my country his life and work epitomises the cultural genome of the Post-War years and Tàpies has come to be associated with our way of being and with the way the world looks at us. He was a great humanist and an avid collector. His collection transcends the merely aesthetical and exemplifies with astonishing detail the path travelled in the maturation of his art and of the art of his peers; the mysterious presence of the 1920s Giacometti sculpture, the perfect surreal touch of both Miró works, the bold message conveyed in the Picasso or the sublimity of his large-scale Rothko.’

Olivier Camu, Deputy Chairman, Impressionist and Modern Art at Christie’s added: ‘Tàpies chose these works carefully, building within his collection a group of exceptional artworks from the Twentieth Century. Of course, his interests extended far wider than this period, but each of the works presented here reveal something interesting about Tàpies as an artist and a collector. They speak to his Catalan heritage, to his roots in the Surrealist movement, to his place as a leading figure within the Post-War art world. It is fascinating to be reminded through this small selection how sharp, sophisticated, informed and sensitive his eye was.’

 

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