Fine Prints & Photography

October 26 - 31, 2019

Online Auction
LOT 120
Antoni Tàpies (1923–2012)
  • Antoni Tàpies (1923–2012)
  • Antoni Tàpies (1923–2012)
  • Antoni Tàpies (1923–2012)

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Antoni Tàpies (1923–2012), Spanish

BLACK ON WHITE, NO. 2 (ONE OF THE "BLACK LITHOGRAPHS" EXECUTED IN 1959)

Lithograph; signed and numbered 11/50 in pencil to margin, titled and dated to gallery label verso
Image/Sheet sight 24.3 x 35.4 in — 61.8 x 90 cm; 26.4 x 37.6 in — 67 x 95.4 cm

Estimate $2,000-$3,000

Realised: $960
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

About artist/note:

This rare lithograph is one of Tàpies’ earliest untitled lithographs, referred to as the “Black Lithographs”, executed in 1959 when he began experimenting with printmaking. In the late 1950s, Miquel and Joan Gaspar, cousins who ran the Sala Gaspar family gallery in Barcelona where Tàpies exhibited, invited the artist to have his first lithographs published by their firm. In the MOMA catalogue, Deborah Wey describes Tàpies’ experimental approach to the medium, “In 1959, he devised unusual methods to achieve surface patterning. He sprinkled sawdust and sprayed ink from mosquito sprayers or squeezed it through cracks in broken glass.”

Literature:

See the Exhibition catalogue "Antoni Tapies in Print," organized by Deborah Wye, Curator, Department of Prints and Illustrated Books, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, May 6 - August 9, 1992, https://www.moma.org/documents/moma_catalogue_366_300063054.pdf

Provenance:

Galerie Dresdnere, Toronto, No. 6881 and inscribed “EGG 78” to gallery label verso;
Private Collection, Toronto