PaceWildenstein, New York Acquired from the above by the present owner in March 2003
New York, PaceWildenstein, Antoni Tàpies at 80, February - March 2003, p. 35(c), illustrated in color
Anna Agusti, Nuria Enguita Mayo and Miquel Tàpies, Eds., Tàpies: Obra Completa Volum 8e. 1998 - 2004, Barcelona 2005, cat. no. 7611, p. 306, illustrated
“No contemporary artist has succeeded in infusing anorganic matter with such life and lending it such irresistible evocative force as has Antoni Tàpies over the past decades. His pictures, recalling hermetically sealed sections of wall, possess a concreteness and immediacy that challenge the viewer to experience their sheer tactile presence and their gestural markings as components of a creative process based on a seemingly inexhaustible evolution form. ”
This work is in very good condition overall. The surface texture irregularities are consistent with the artist's choice of medium and working method. Only visible under very close inspection, there is evidence of very minor wear and handling to the corners and turning edges with a few, pinpoint, unobtrusive losses to the turning edges and corners. Unframed. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.