Antoni Tàpies

Rag and String


From the early 1950s Antoni Tàpies explored materials of art making, mixing paint with impoverished matter, such as detritus or earth. Later, he incorporated ordinary found objects into his works, such as the rag and string found here. In its simplicity and frontality this composition resembles a stained concrete wall, which might also allude to the mutilated public walls that Tàpies saw in his youth during the Spanish Civil War.

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Artist Antoni Tàpies
Original Title Drap i cordill
Date 1968
Medium Pigments, sand, rag, string on cardboard mounted on canvas
Dimensions 108.5 x 75 cm
Credit line Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York, Hannelore B. and Rudolph B. Schulhof Collection, bequest of Hannelore B. Schulhof, 2012
Accession 2012.95
Collection Schulhof Collection
Type Painting

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