• Antoni Tápies, Blau amb quatre barres roges (Blue with Four Red Stripes), 1966, paint on canvas, 67 1/4 x 76 13/16".

    “Antoni Tàpies: The Resources of Rhetoric”

    3 Beekman Street
    May 17–October 19, 2009

    Curated by Lynne Cooke and Manuel J. Borja-Villel

    The 1960s gave birth to many of today’s well-worn narratives—from painting’s obsolescence, to the dissolution of medium specificity, to modernism’s capitulation to pluralism—but Dia:Beacon is poised to interrogate the orthodoxy with a selection of mostly large-scale tableaux by Antoni Tàpies, the Catalan master of the heavily worked surface. His mixed-media works prove that painterly abstraction was hardly finished and challenge the discourse around painting and opticality by emphasizing the materiality of the support with a distinctive blend of marble dust and plaster. Focusing on pieces from the ’50s and ’60s, this grouping maps the artist’s analytic and referential terrain. When viewed in the same galleries as Donald Judd’s works, the show should remind us that mid- century painting was also capable of attaining a kind of objecthood—one both literal and figural.