Antoni Tàpies (1923-2012) was a Spanish artist known for his mixed-media practice incorporating found objects and natural materials. Tàpies began his career working within Surrealist traditions, notably influenced by fellow Catalan Joan Miró and Paul Klee.
Social themes run throughout his highly textured and tactile artworks, influenced by political philosophy and the post-war state of the Spanish government. Tàpies later joined the Art Informel movement as his work turned toward the abstract in the 1950s.
Today, his works are held in the Fundació Antoni Tàpies Museum in Barcelona, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Gallery in London, and the Reina Sofia National Museum in Madrid, among others.
- Robert Motherwell was likewise inspired by a postwar state of society and created abstract works that embodied tension, both personal and political. View his work.
- In our sister gallery, form & concept, Susan Aaron-Taylor creates sculptures that begin from found objects such as sticks and stones, and evolve into imaginative felted forms. View her work.