Notes from the Land of the Dead

Colm Tóibín

  • A Personal Memoir: Fragments for an Autobiography by Antoni Tàpies, translated by Josep Miquel Sobrer
    Indiana, 429 pp, £26.99, February 2010, ISBN 978 0 253 35489 1
  • Complete Writings Volume II: Collected Essays by Antoni Tàpies, translated by Josep Miquel Sobrer
    Indiana, 744 pp, £26.99, November 2011, ISBN 978 0 253 35503 4

Antoni Tàpies’s monument to Picasso was commissioned by Barcelona City Council. It sits on the edge of Parc de la Ciutadella on the busy, dusty downtown street named for Picasso. It has a more mysterious and shadowy presence than any other piece of modern public sculpture in Barcelona, such as Chillida’s stark, severe piece of cast-iron in Plaça del Rei, or Lichtenstein’s colourful, brash, cartoon-like sculpture close to the waterfront, or Subirachs’s literal-minded and awkward-looking monument to President Macià in Plaça de Catalunya, or Botero’s silly cat on Rambla del Raval, or some of the other more playful adornments on the beach in Barceloneta, Frank Gehry’s fish among them.

Antoni Tàpies, ‘Monument Homage to Picasso’ (1983)
Antoni Tàpies, ‘Monument Homage to Picasso’ (1983)

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