Just an in-between post to acknowledge the passing of Antoni Tapies, a great artist. I first came to appreciate his work a few years ago when I saw a show of his prints in Barcelona. They are in what I call the Zen mode of spontaneous creativity. Common in the fifties, he practiced this mode superlatively, in my view somewhat better than Motherwell. His better known mixed-media paintings will deserve a post sometime in the future.

Antoni Tapies, Red and Black #2 (etching) 1985

When I bumped in to Serge Guilbaut at the Toronto airport last year I showed him the blog, and he mentioned that Tapies was a great theorizer and polemicist. Apparently he has left behind a large body of writing.

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