In this insightful collection, one of Spain's most influential artists, Antoni Tàpies, reflects on art, life, and politics. A companion to A Personal Memoir (2010), this volume includes essays published in Catalan in six separate books between 1970 and 1999 (The Practice of Art, Art against Aesthetic, Reality as Art, For a Modern and Progressive Art, The Value of Art, Art and Its Places) together with previously uncollected articles, lectures, and other texts. In these essays Tàpies reflects on the social role of art and the artist, discusses the influences on his art, and describes his political and artistic views.
About the authors
Serge Guilbaut is a professor of art history at the University of British Columbia. He received his PhD in Art History from UCLA in 1979. His books include How New York Stole the Idea of Modern Art (University of Chicago Press), Voir, Ne pas Voir, Faut Voir (Chambon, France), Sobre la desapariciï¿½n de ciertas obras de arte (Curare/Fonca, Mexico), and Los Espejismos de la imagen en los lindes del siglo XXI (Akal Ediciones, Spain). He lives in Vancouver.