A Personal Memoir, Complete Writings, Volume 1: Fragments for an Autobiography

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A Personal Memoir: Fragments for an Autobiography integrates the memoirs of Antoni Tàpies, beginning in pre–civil war Barcelona and extending to Francoist Madrid, existentialist Paris, and New York in the 1950s, with historical images from diverse sources, including the family and the artist's archives. Tàpies's reflections on his interactions with such prominent cultural figures as Picasso, Miró, and Duchamp, on his approach to modernity and the avant-garde, and on the historical events of his lifetime—from his ...

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Overview

A Personal Memoir: Fragments for an Autobiography integrates the memoirs of Antoni Tàpies, beginning in pre–civil war Barcelona and extending to Francoist Madrid, existentialist Paris, and New York in the 1950s, with historical images from diverse sources, including the family and the artist's archives. Tàpies's reflections on his interactions with such prominent cultural figures as Picasso, Miró, and Duchamp, on his approach to modernity and the avant-garde, and on the historical events of his lifetime—from his birth in 1923 to the 1970s—provide insights into the inner sources and development of his art. Highlighting the close ties between his writings and his visual work, this volume includes a generous selection of both color and black-and-white images that trace the unfolding of Tàpies's artistic language from the 1940s to the present.

Complete Writings, Volume II, Collected Essays, will be published in 2011.

Indiana University Press

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Enric Bou

"Tàpies's writings are an excellent companion to his painted work.... His memoirs bestow extraordinary knowledge about his coming of age as a young artist and also provide astonishing information about cultural life in Barcelona, Catalonia, and Spain under Franco's dictatorship." —Enric Bou, Brown University

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"Tàpies's writings are an excellent companion to his painted work.... His memoirs bestow extraordinary knowledge about his coming of age as a young artist and also provide astonishing information about cultural life in Barcelona, Catalonia, and Spain under Franco's dictatorship." —Enric Bou, Brown University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253354891
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 9/24/2009
  • Edition description: Complete Writings
  • Pages: 430
  • Sales rank: 1,444,167
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Antoni Tàpies is a leading abstract expressionist artist known for his work in mixed media. His art is found in numerous international museums and collections.

Josep Miquel Sobrer is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Indiana University Bloomington. He is translator of A Broken Mirror by Mercè Rodoreda.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Justification and Acknowledgments
City and Childhood
The Republic. The War
A Sickly Youth
Vocation and Love
Catalan Roots. Psychoanalysis and Marxism
Paris. Teresa. The Desert
New York. Confirmation of a Discourse
The Orient and the Practice of Walking

Antoni Tàpies: Chronology
Selected Public Collections
Selected Works
List of Selected Works
Index of Names
List of Illustrations

Indiana University Press

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