Galerie Mayoral is delighted to present Tàpies Today, a monographic exhibition devoted to Antoni Tàpies which follows the evolution of the artist’s informal art and argues for its continued relevance today. The show features a selection of eight paintings dating from 1958 to 1974, carefully chosen by the curator Arnau Puig – co-founder of the group Dau al Set, friend of the artist and an expert on his work. The exhibition opens in the late 1950s, the period in which the Catalan artist began to receive growing international recognition for the unique and potent pictorial language he had forged. It is a language whose force resides in its materiality: like an alchemist, Tàpies mixed his oils with marble powder, pigment, sand and varnish to create a malleable, viscous surface that could be scratched, gouged, incised like bark. His paintings bear imprints, graffiti, grooves, creases and scars that record the passage of time and the trace of human presence. They are an investigation into - a meditation on - the mystery of existence created through Tàpies’ intuitive exploration of matter.
Founded in Barcelona in 1989, Mayoral gallery specialises in Modern and Post-War art. The gallery articulates an exhibition programme that focuses on Informalism and Spanish PostWar art with artists such as Tàpies, Chillida, Millares and Saura, as well as key 20th-century avant-garde artists such as Miró, Picasso and Dalí.
The gallery’s projects are rigorously curated and develop out of an exhaustive process of research based on original documentation. The gallery relies upon the support of artists’ families, foundations and other institutions whose mission also resides in preserving and publicizing the legacy of the artists they represent.
In November 2019, Mayoral opened a second gallery in Paris. The gallery exhibits at TEFAF Maastricht, ArtBasel Hong Kong, TEFAF New York Fall & Spring, Frieze New York and ARCOmadrid.
Eduardo Chillida • José Guerrero • Manolo Millares • Joan Miró • Pablo Palazuelo • Manuel Rivera • Antonio Saura • Antoni Tàpies • Fernando Zóbel