In this insightful collection, one of Spain's most influential artists, Antoni Tàpies, reflects on art, life, and politics. A companion to A Personal Memoir (2010), this volume includes essays published in Catalan in six separate books between 1970 and 1999 (The Practice of Art, Art against Aesthetic, Reality as Art, For a Modern and Progressive Art, The Value of Art, Art and Its Places) together with previously uncollected articles, lectures, and other texts. In these essays Tàpies reflects on the social role of art and the artist, discusses the influences on his art, and describes his political and artistic views.
Antoni TÃ pies, Translated by Josep Miquel Sobrer,Introduction by Serge Guilbaut
"Tàpies's essays are of great importance in understanding his own work, but also in the broad philosophical questions he addresses.... His use of humble materials--clay, straw, simple objects--relates to [his] search for answers to universal questions." Kathleen McNerney, co-editor of Visions and Revisions: Women's Narrative in Twentieth-Century Spain
"Tàpies has been on the cutting edge of international modernity for a long time, with sharp eyes, a vivid intellectual life, and witty political understanding.... The amount and quality of his writings show... how inspirational he has been, even if the modern world he described and aspired to was at times for some unrecognizable or unattainable." from the introduction by Serge Guilbaut
And So Said Antoni Tàpies Serge Guilbaut; Introduction; The Practice of Art; Art against Aesthetic; Reality as Art; For a Modern and Progressive Art; The Value of Art; Art and Its Places