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Antoni Tàpies

Marta Cervera Gallery

This focused and cogent selection of Antoni Tàpies’ small sculptures from 1969 to 1973 obviates the artist’s idealizing tendencies, notably the alchemical conceits which plague much arte povera. Fashioned from cast-off scraps such as wood, cloth, and paper, these modest works confront the viewer with an unblinking materiality which points up the artifice inherent in all artworks. In so doing, they are remarkably concise, yet eloquent. Each sculpture consists of a gesture so simple that, in most cases, its title alone can go a long way toward describing the piece itself. Cornet de Papier (Paper cone, 1970), for instance, is a cornucopia of sorts, a rough cone of heavy paper stuffed with rags. In Mouchoir Noué et Papiers (Knotted handkerchief and papers, 1970), a large kerchief knotted at each corner contains some balled-up newspaper pages. Caixa de Serpentines (Box of streamers, 1969)

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